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Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Out Stealing Horses

Peter Anderson, January 2, 2012

Quietly intense, impeccably narrated, simply beautiful. I look forward to many years of discovering new Petterson novels as they come into English translation.
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Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
Too Loud a Solitude

Peter Anderson, October 21, 2011

Goodness, what a phenomenal little book this is. Powerful with so few words. Thoughtful, philosophical, touching, funny, and ultimately tragic. But though tragic, the conclusion makes perfect sense in light of the preceding narrative, and the narrator gains a fate which is greatly preferable to the unpalatable alternative that he otherwise faced. The book has shades of Knut Hamsun (the solitary, intellectual, reality-challenged narrator of Hunger), George Orwell (the stubborn permanence of the written word, a la 1984) and Franz Kafka (inhuman bureaucracies and the overall surreal tone), three writers whom I greatly admire, a list to which I now add Bohumil Hrabal. During my life I've only re-read a handful of books, but Too Loud a Solitude is one I will definitely be returning to, and probably more than once.
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Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
Darkness at Noon

Peter Anderson, January 5, 2011

A powerful, thoughtful and ultimately tragic discourse on revolutionary politics. Koestler's masterpiece clearly was a direct influence on Orwell's 1984. If you've read 1984 you absolutely must read this book too.
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Howards End (Penguin Classics) by E. M. Forster
Howards End (Penguin Classics)

Peter Anderson, January 26, 2008

A simply wonderful novel about social classes in early-20th Century England, how members of those classes interact and what responsibility, if any, they have toward each other. After being dismissive of her early in the novel, I actually found myself cheering for Margaret at the end.
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The Session: A Novella in Dialogue by Aaron Petrovich
The Session: A Novella in Dialogue

Peter Anderson, June 22, 2007

Petrovich's debut is a darkly comic "novella in dialogue" - no narrative or expository passages - in which all is not quite what it seems. The author wryly meditates on truth and identity as he scatters subtle clues to the real story lurking just beneath the surface. A very impressive effort from a young writer I'm eager to read more from.
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