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To Siberia by Per Petterson
Book DescriptionIn the bitter cold of Danish Jutland, where the sea freezes over and the Nazis have yet to invade, a young girl dreams of one day going on a great journey to Siberia, while her beloved brother Jesper yearns for the warmer climes of Morocco. Their home, with a pious mother who sings hymns all day and a silent father, is as cold as their surroundings. But the unshakeable bond between brother and sister creates a vital warmth which glows in spite of the chill and the dark clouds that threaten to overtake their dreams.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099523444
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
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.
US Kirkus Review » The Danish response to Nazi Germany before and during World War II forms the backdrop for this coming-of-age novel - first published in 1996 in Norway - that covers 13 years in the life of a young girl.The unnamed narrator and her adored older brother Jesper grow up in a rural Danish village with their stern but deeply loving father Magnus, a struggling humpbacked carpenter, and their musical, fanatically religious mother Marie. In 1934 Magnus takes the family on a short beachside vacation that goes awry but that plants the idea of travel in the narrator's head. She begins to dream quixotically of escaping to Siberia, of all places; Jesper, more understandably, fantasizes about Morocco. Then the children's grandfather hangs himself. They are told that Magnus chose to leave their wealthy grandfather's farm for town life. In fact, Magnus was forced off the farm and now the old man has bequeathed him nothing. Magnus's carpentry shop fails, and Marie begins to run a dairy the family must live above, but in a case of poetic justice, hoof and mouth disease eventually makes the farm worthless. While in middle school, the narrator shares her first kiss with Ruben, a Jewish boy. Jesper, now a printer's apprentice with a wicked sense of humor, becomes a socialist. He dreams of fighting in Spain although he's still too young. When the Germans arrive in Denmark, most of the narrator's friends and family join the resistance. Ironically, Jesper fights a German soldier while the narrator saves one from drowning. The Gestapo takes control of the town. Jesper sneaks into Sweden with Ruben's family. By 1947, the narrator is pregnant and living in Norway. She has not seen Jesper, who somehow made it to Morocco, for four years. She returns home expecting a reunion that never happens.A spare, lyrical novel from Norwegian author Petterson (Out Stealing Horses, 2007, etc.) that possesses historical breadth and a remarkable sense of immediacy. (Kirkus Reviews)
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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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