Per Petterson





Per Petterson


Born
in Oslo, Norway
July 18, 1952

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Petterson knew from the age of 18 that he wanted to be a writer, but didn't embark on this career for many years - his debut book, the short story collection Aske i munnen, sand i skoa, (Ashes in the Mouth, Sand in the Shoes) was published 17 years later, when Petterson was 35. Previously he had worked for years in a factory as an unskilled labourer, as his parents had done before him, and had also trained as a librarian, and worked as a bookseller.
In 1990, the year following the publication of his first novel, Pettersen's family was struck by tragedy - his mother, father, brother and nephew were killed in a fire onboard a ferry.
His third novel Til Sibir (To Siberia) was nominated for The Nordic Council's Literature Prize, and his fourth no
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Average rating: 3.71 · 29,387 ratings · 4,925 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
Out Stealing Horses

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I Curse the River of Time

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To Siberia

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3.55 avg rating — 1,490 ratings — published 1999 — 32 editions
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I Refuse

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In the Wake

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It's Fine By Me

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Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in ...

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Ekkoland

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Månen over Porten

3.92 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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In Siberia

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“You decide for yourself when it will hurt.”
Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses
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“People like it when you tell them things, in suitable portions, in a modest, intimate tone, and they think they know you, but they do not, they know _about_ you, for what they are let in on are facts, not feelings, not what your opinion is about anything at all, not how what has happened to you and how all the decisions you have made have turned you into who you are. What they do is they fill in with their own feelings and opinions and assumptions, and they compose a new life which has precious little to do with yours, and that lets you off the hook. No-one can touch you unless you yourself want them to.”
Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses

“But that's life. That's what you learn from; when things happen. Especially at your age. You just have to take it in and remember to think afterwards and not forget and never grow bitter.”
Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses

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