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I kjølvannet

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  914 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Boken handler om tiden etter at en katastrofe har rammet Arvids familie. Flere år seinere gjennomlever Arvid noen uker i en tilstand der "i kjølevannet" også står i forhold til levd liv, hans eget og andres, liv som er slutt og ting som er gjort som man ikke lenger kan gjøre noe med. Særlig er det minnet om faren sin Arvid konfronteres med, men spørsmålet om hva sorg er, g ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published 2007 by Oktober (first published 2000)
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Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tireless walkers
Shelves: read-in-2017
There is a feeling of lethargy that slowly percolates under your skin as you surf the troubled waters of Arvid’s grief and guilt. A man of forty-three who has spent the last six years of his life trying to get over the tragic events that took away his parents and younger siblings. His older brother, who shares his disgust for the precariousness of life, is the only family he’s got left. Everybody else is gone.

Arvid has forgotten the face of the mother of his two daughters, whom he can’t look in
M. Sarki
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I find nothing pretentious or false in a Per Petterson novel. At least in the first two I have read thus far. To handle grief in the most tragic sense of it and bring it off in a believable tale of circuitous events all a part of the greater whole is truly remarkable. There is no development in this novel that is not understood and certainly applicable to a person with the character of Arvid Jansen. From the awful lonely and severe grimacing of the opening
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Бавната скандинавска литература, където тишината е оглушителна, самотата е споделена, а студът топли.

"Гледам нагоре между дърветата към небето, което е съвсем ясно и пълно със звезди и бавно се върти; целият свят се върти бавно и е едно голямо празно пространство. Тишината е навсякъде и между мен и звездите няма нищо."

"Снимката, която си направили, стои в едно чекмедже при мен. На нея са само двамата, но аз долавям присъствието и на останалите. Те се притискат към ръба на снимката и искат да се
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are interested in knowing more about loss and guilt
When I first decided to buy this novel it was because I believed it dealt with loss. It does but if loss is the disease then what are its symptoms? One is guilt, in the case of the narrator of this novel, survivor guilt. Arvid and his brother are the only surviving members of their family. Six years on both of their lives are falling to pieces. In fact, they've both about hit rock bottom and then his brother attempts suicide. How would this affect a man who acts as if he's lost everything alread ...more
Aug 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Wake reads like a dream diary in which emotions, ideas, and relationships emerge and submerge, never fully formed, but living, in their way, distinct and ever-present, haunting those who keep them close. This is a novel in which Arvid Jansen comes to narrative consciousness with his face pressed against the window of a book store, as if waking from a coma. It is, in fact, his brother who we find in a coma, while learning the rest of Jansen's family, appearing through flashbacks or via the ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought upon closing this book is that it was both sad and sweet, though I suppose the 'sweetness' is really humor, certainly nothing saccharine. And the sadness isn't really in the words either, but in what the reader takes from the words. Understated, subtle book.

Don't read this book if you need a plot or even something to happen (not something I need at all) and I ended up liking the book despite some passages that seemed pointless -- I realized these passages are important to the th
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Moody. Powerfully subtle. Per Peterson is my new favorite.

I started In the Wake about six months ago and made it only 30 pages before giving up. I’m very impatient with books that don’t have a clear narrative, and this one doesn’t—at least in the beginning. It alternates between present-tense action and dreams and memory, and at first it’s hard to distinguish between the different threads. At Mariah’s insistence, I gave it another shot, and I came to appreciate the structure (or lack
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
enjoyed this - a writer has many odd disconnected episodes, including strange sexual encounters with his neighbour in the flat opposite his, and banging on the doors of the shut bookshop he used to work in, while he is covered in blood and with two broken ribs. We find out towards the end what has caused this dislocation, but in the meantime enjoy beautifully written passages where he sees his brother and daughter, visits hospitals and cafes, 'talks' to refugees in his block of flats and reminis ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanette by: Charisse
It's hard to say much about this book without giving away what there is to discover by reading it. It's like a description by Arvid, the main character, in his own words, of the circuitous path he is taking in trying to reconcile his grief and survivor's guilt about the accidental deaths of his parents and two brothers. He is by turns aimless, anxious, restless, and disoriented, looking for something---absolution, maybe? Hope? He combines old memories with descriptions of what's happening in the ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally shy away from books about grief and grieving, but like Petterson's writing enough to give this one a shot. It is not a light read, but neither is it depressing. The writing and the observation of humanity are once again amazing. There are some wonderful meditations on the power of narrative to connect, and to teach. He also revisits one of his common themes: that we do not understand our parents (especially our fathers) until years after they are gone, and are then left to wonder if ...more
Doug Wells
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dark and disturbing book - an amazing glimpse into pure grief and despair, all the more difficult knowing that Petterson lived this grief. That said, as I came towards the end of the book, I found myself slowing down so it wouldn't end. Once again, I find Petterson's writing some of the best that I've come across in quite some time.
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exquisitely written, bleak in texture, and hauntingly realistic
Susan Beecher
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written almost stream of consciousness novel about a man living with the grief of losing his parents and two brothers in a ferry accident in Norway. Per Petterson is a very fine writer.
Mar 27, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: Dolors
27 MAR 2017 - spied on Dolors' feed. Thank you, Dolors.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian-lit
In the Wake is the third of Per Petterson's novels that I have read, yet it is the first of his novels translated into English. I previously read Out Stealing Horses and I Curse the River of Time. Each of these books has increased my esteem for this award-winning Norwegian author.

In the Wake tells the story of Arvid, a writer in his early forties. It is a Proustian tale in the sense that the bulk of the story is built on Arvid's memories of events that have shaped his life. The actual timespan o
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It cannot be a good sign that I brought this book on vacation, apparently forgetting that I read it six months ago. After reading "Out Stealing Horses", I was so enamored of Petterson that I immediately purchased this novel, which contained relatively few of the charms of "Horses" that I had to read a few pages to remember that I took this on my previous trip.

"In the Wake" follows Arvid in the aftermath of a number of person tragedies. He is struggling with the day to day tasks of surviving the
Oct 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Arvid, the protagonist in In the Wake, scuttles somnambulistically through life years after the deaths of his parents and two youngest brothers in a ferry fire (based on a real event). Flashbacks inform us that he didn't have much gumption before the accident either. So the author has us follow him. When he goes for a walk we learn what he is wearing, how cold it is, whether he is happy or sad about the weather, which tune is going through his head. When he drives, we are assured of the route, t ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this story about a forty-ish Norwegian man, Arvid Jansen, who bounces back from being emotionally distraught after a boat tragedy takes the lives of his father, his mother, and two of his three brothers on April 7, 1990. Throughout the story, he slowly comes back to life over six years of bereavement, reminiscing and dreaming about his father's life and their relationship, recounting his surviving brothers' reactions, and making new social connections in his block of housing near ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camilla by: miller
I don't know, this book left me cold. I loved Out Stealing Horses, so imagined I would like this one as well...Maybe I would like it if I read it another time, but this month I just don't seem to have wanted to follow Arvid's careening emotions and memories and car drives. Cold, right? The only parts I really felt something for were his tender feelings towards Mrs. Grunde (though his feelings towards her son were another matter), but then, I suppose it was the only time Arvid really felt anythin ...more
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A short but intense read that is downbeat and emotionally draining. Told mostly in flashback it's the story of a broken man who has lost his parents and two brothers in an accident, become estranged from his wife and children and struggles to work out his relationship with his late father.
It's vividly told in the first person by a man fast losing his marbles but is not totally without humour. There are some longeurs however and the writing is at times a little too self conciously knowing.
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
A quietly powerful story of a man slowly coming to grips with tragedy, the dissolution of his marriage and the disappointments of his past. This book hasn't gotten the acclaim enjoyed by the author's Out Stealing Horses, but I expect that the sad but somehow hopeful story of Arvid Jansen's life will stay with me much longer than that acclaimed novel has.
Lisa P
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had trouble holding on to the minimalist style and dreariness. Even though it was brief, it was somehow a little rambling and overly-introspective.
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book mainly based on my very high opinions of his more recent offering, "Out Stealing Horses." It's a decent meditation on loss, but still felt mediocre.
Krocht Ehlundovič
When I bought this book, my wife almost killed me because I bought another five books along. So maybe it has been charged by fear and amazement...

I was immensely looking forward to read this book, something was calling me, my attention, I was re-reading its captions and into... And then it has come. Since the very first sentence, I knew it is going to be extraordinary - in style! The sentence took me into another, completely new universe made of words, letters and sentences which orchestrated an
D. T.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out Stealing Horses was one of my favorite reads last year. The unassuming Norwegian novel rather crept into me: its mood, the characters, the setting, the way the story fluidly slips between the present and fifty years ago…by the end, I would have happily read another hundred pages to stay with those characters. It went all too quickly.

In the Wake is a quick read too, but wasn't nearly as involving as Horses. The first person telling waxes between what's happening to the narrator and the confus
H Gibson
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Per Petterson novel I've read, and I own another. I must say, based on this one, I'm not looking forward to reading it. I usually enjoy stream of consciousness novels, but this one rambled on about the most mundane topics. I didn't feel any connection with the characters. Even if I ended up loathing one, at least I could say the book prompted an emotion. Basically, it was about a whole lot of nothing. I had high hopes based on the jacket flap synopsis. This book never came clos ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this novel about life in the wake of loss was a viscerally painful experience. Having lost parents and two young siblings in a ferry disaster 6 years prior to the start of the story, two brothers are trying to survive the seemingly never-ending ripples of grief from destroying their lives. Patterson evokes the soul deep experience of grief so magnificently that the reader aches along with the brothers. Watch out, folks. This is an intense read!
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic
The story jumps back and forth in time, between Arvid’s present and his memories of grief and guilt.

A book about losses and being lost. And I was lost throughout most of it, but in the end I got to a point where the book’s form, plan and purpose emerges from its initial chaos.
Maria Teresa
Un uomo di 43 anni non riesce a superare il trauma della morte dei genitori in un tragico incidente. La storia è un continuo alternarsi di flashback e di eventi successi al tempo del racconto. Troppe domande rimangono senza risposta. Non brutto ma appena sufficiente.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 als ...more
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“I remember a lot of dreams. Sometimes they are hard to distinguish from what has really happened. That is not so terrible. It is the same with books.” 12 likes
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