Out Stealing Horses

A Novel

Per Petterson; Translated by Anne Born


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We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and oneof the first days of July.

Trond’s friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on “borrowed” horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day—an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys.

Set in the easternmost region of Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer.

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Praise for Out Stealing Horses

“Petterson’s spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force.” —The New Yorker

“A gripping account of such originality as to expand the reader’s own experience of life.” —The New York Times Book Review

Out Stealing Horses looks like a charming but modest chamber-piece. In retrospect—and this is a novel that strikes deep and lingers long—it feels more like some shattering literary symphony.” —The Independent

“A . . . miracle of a book.” —The Irish Times

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Per Petterson; Translated by Anne Born

PER PETTERSON has written five novels, which have established his reputation as one of Norway’s best fiction writers. Out Stealing Horses won the Norwegian Booksellers Prize, the Critics Award for best novel, and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Out Stealing Horses
A Novel
Per Petterson; Translated by Anne Born


International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - Winner, The Independent (UK) Foreign Fiction Prize Shortlist, The Independent (UK) Foreign Fiction Prize Winner, Best Translated Book Award Finalist

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
April 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312427085
ISBN10: 0312427085
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages

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