Per Petterson was born in 1952 and was a librarian and a bookseller before he published his first work, a volume of short stories, in 1987. Since then he has written three novels which have established his reputation as one of Norways best fiction writers. To Siberia and In the Wake are published by Harvill in English translation.
Jodie Marion, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Jodie Marion)
This book is mesmerizing. The prose is stunningly elegant, especially given the heavy and complex nature of the themes. I read it in a couple of sittings but often return to it in my mind--clearly the best novel I've read in years.
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