Out Stealing Horses

Per Petterson

Rashid Bin Hameed Prize for best Translated Novel 2009
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2007
One of the 5 Best Fiction Books of 2007, New York Times
One of the 10 Best Fiction Books of 2007, Time Magazine
One of the 10 Best Fiction Books 2007, Entertainment Weekly
A New York Library Book to Remember 2007
Le Prix Mille Pages 2007
Le Prix Litteraire Europeen Madeleine Zepter 2007
The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2006
Norwegian Critics’ Prize 2003
Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize 2003

In 1948, fifteen-year-old Trond spends a summer in the country with his father. The unexpected events that come to pass alter his life forever. An early morning adventure out stealing horses, leaves Trond confused when his friend Jon suffers a sudden breakdown. Behind this scene, he will discover, lies a personal tragedy: the first incident in the gradual destruction of the two boys’ families.

As an old man, living in a remote part of Norway, Trond chances upon a character from that fateful summer who stirs up painful memories and forces him to look back at his past.

Out Stealing Horses is a poignant and moving tale of a changing perspective on the world, from youthful innocence to the difficult acceptance of betrayal, and of nostalgia for a simpler way of life.


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  • Ut og stjæle hester
  • 2003
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 256 pages