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"[L]ovely and wise....[Olafsson] describes the various worlds that Kristjan inhabits in sensuous detail, and observes the emotional lives of his characters with care. The main pleasure of this book is in waiting as the hero, slowly and cautiously, reveals where he has been." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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From the acclaimed author of The Journey Home, a new novel of tremendous power and beauty about a man’s hidden past and about the immutability of love and loss.

For twenty years Christian Benediktsson has led a quiet life as William Randolph Hearst’s butler. His days are filled with the rituals of Hearst’s life and the demands of running a grand house. But in his most private thoughts and memories, he relives another life: his abandonment of his wife and children in Iceland for an actress in New York, a reckless affair and a tragic death, financial downfall, and the profound retreat from life that led him to Hearst’s San Simeon. No one else knows the secret of the man he once was—husband, father, businessman, lover—and, ultimately, even he will choose to forget that this person ever existed.

Walking into the Night is a stunning portrait of a man wrestling with guilt and secret passions. Olaf Olafsson surpasses anything he has accomplished thus far in this wise and beautiful novel.

Review:

"This fascinating novel...marvelously brings to life the isolation and small-town flavor of Iceland, pre-Depression New York, and the lavish parties of Hearst's mansion." Booklist

Review:

"Clear-eyed and captivating, Olafsson writes effortlessly, seemingly incapable of a dull paragraph or page. His people are real, period atmosphere and detail unobtrusively perfect, his novel a gem and small masterpiece." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Olafsson works within an environment of potent natural forces, drawing on the mythic power of the sea, trees, birds, and violent storms in a subtle but seductive prose style." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Walking into the Night is a stunning portrait of a man wrestling with guilt and secret passions. Olaf Olafsson surpasses anything he has accomplished thus far in this wise and beautiful novel.

About the Author

Olaf Olafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of two previous novels, The Journey Home and Absolution. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375422546
Author:
Olafsson, Olaf
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Runaway husbands
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Butlers
Subject:
Loss
Subject:
San Simeon
Subject:
Icelandic Americans
Series Volume:
10.
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.54x5.90x1.13 in. 1.05 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375422546 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[L]ovely and wise....[Olafsson] describes the various worlds that Kristjan inhabits in sensuous detail, and observes the emotional lives of his characters with care. The main pleasure of this book is in waiting as the hero, slowly and cautiously, reveals where he has been." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "This fascinating novel...marvelously brings to life the isolation and small-town flavor of Iceland, pre-Depression New York, and the lavish parties of Hearst's mansion."
"Review" by , "Clear-eyed and captivating, Olafsson writes effortlessly, seemingly incapable of a dull paragraph or page. His people are real, period atmosphere and detail unobtrusively perfect, his novel a gem and small masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Olafsson works within an environment of potent natural forces, drawing on the mythic power of the sea, trees, birds, and violent storms in a subtle but seductive prose style."
"Synopsis" by , Walking into the Night is a stunning portrait of a man wrestling with guilt and secret passions. Olaf Olafsson surpasses anything he has accomplished thus far in this wise and beautiful novel.
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