Per Petterson

Echoland is Per Petterson’s first novel. Arvid, who we know from the collection of short stories Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes, is now twelve years old, and he is spending the summer with his grandparents in Denmark. Mum, dad, Gry and Arvid spend a few weeks living in the tiny flat above grandma’s milk shop in a town in the north of Jylland. It is the early sixties, the milk comes in bottles, and every morning Arvid helps his granddad distribute it on a bicycle. Arvid is a kid who lets the world worry him, and there is so much that he wonders about. How come grandma often cries behind the closed doors to her small chamber? What happened between mum and dad before he and Gry were born? And why does Arvid, more than anyone else in the family, need to think about Bruno Angelini, the baker’s son from Naples who is one of his ancestors?


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  • American EnglishGraywolf
  • British EnglishHarvill Secker
  • DanishBatzer

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  • Ekkoland
  • 1989
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 141 pages