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Out Stealing Horses

A Novel
Per Petterson, Translated from the Norwegian by Anne Born
A novel beloved by readers the world over, Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses is a “masterpiece of death and delusion in a Nordic land” (The Guardian). At age sixty-seven, Trond has settled in an isolated part of eastern Norway to live out his life in solitude, but a chance encounter with his only neighbor stirs up long-dormant memories. Trond recalls the fateful July morning when he and his friend Jon impulsively stole a ride on horses at a nearby farm, an adventure shrouded by Jon’s inexplicable grief. Trond soon learned of the tragic events that befell Jon the day before, which would haunt them both forever.
The atmospheric nostalgia and profound vision of Out Stealing Horses make it an achingly good read that has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the world. The enthusiasm of readers and critics alike landed the book on Top Ten Books of the Year lists at the New York Times Book Review and Time magazine. It was selected as a 2007 Critics’ Pick by the National Book Critics Circle and was the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. With this new paperback edition, Graywolf is delighted to present the novel that first won Per Petterson international acclaim.

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Best seller and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, now in paperback from Graywolf Press for the first time

About the Author

Per  Petterson
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Per Petterson is the author of seven novels, including I Refuse and Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into fifty languages. Petterson has received the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the Norwegian Critics Prize, and the Brage Prize. He lives in Norway.

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  • Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
    Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
    A New York Times Top Ten Book of 2007
    A TIME Magazine Top Ten Fiction Book of 2007
  • “Petterson’s spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force.”The New Yorker
  • “From the first terse sentences of this mesmerizing Norwegian novel about youth, memory, and, yes, horse stealing, you know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller.”Newsweek
  • “Petterson fluently jumbles his chronology, sustaining mysteries within several subplots. . . . But the real trick is in the way everything finally, neatly converges into an emotional jolt.”Entertainment Weekly
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