In the Wake
By (author) Per Petterson
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In the Wake by Per Petterson
Book DescriptionEarly one morning Arvid finds himself standing outside the bookshop where he used to work, drunk, dirty, with two fractured ribs, and no idea how he came to be there. He does not even recognise his face in the mirror. It is as if he has dropped out of the flow of life. Slowly, uncontrollably, the memories return to him, and Arvid struggles under the weight of the tragedy which has blighted his life - the death of his parents and younger siblings in an accident six years previously. At times almost unbearably moving, In the Wake is nonetheless suffused with unexpected blessings: humour, wisdom, human compassion, and a sense of the perpetual beauty of the natural world. By the winner of both the IMPAC Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099520740
(197mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Per Petterson
Echoland, Hardback (October 2016)
Twelve-year-old Arvid and his family are on holiday, staying with his grandparents in Denmark. Confused by the underlying tension between his mother and grandmother, Arvid is grappling with his own sense of self. As he cycles around town, down to the beach with its view of the lighthouse, his new-found freedom fuels his desire to experience life.
I Refuse, Paperback / softback (May 2016)
Per Petterson's "I Refuse "is the work of an internationally acclaimed novelist at the height of his powers. In the same spare but evocative style that made readers fall in love with "Out Stealing Horses," Petterson weaves a tale of two men whose accidental meeting one morning churns up a fateful moment from their boyhood thirty-five years before.
Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes, Paperback / softback (April 2015)
Translation of: Aske i munnen, sand i skoa.
It's Fine by Me, Paperback / softback (September 2013)» View all books by Per Petterson
English translation first published: Graywolf Press, c2011.
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Author Biography - Per Petterson
Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer, a bookseller, a writer and a translator until he made his literary debut in 1987 with the short story collection Ashes in my Mouth, Sand in my Shoes, which was widely acclaimed by critics. He made his literary breakthrough in 2003 with the novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into 40 languages so far and won many prizes, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
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