Out Stealing Horses: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 29, 2008 - Fiction - 238 pages
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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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Norwegian novelist Per Petterson has crafted a magnificently-written, captivating novel that is filled with beauty and emotion. Set in the Norwegian countryside, a man tells his compelling story of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
35
Section 4
49
Section 5
62
Section 6
74
Section 7
89
Section 8
100
Section 10
125
Section 11
139
Section 12
151
Section 13
164
Section 14
180
Section 15
189
Section 16
202
Section 17
221

Section 9
111

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About the author (2008)

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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