Out Stealing Horses The simple, bleak premise — a 67-year-old man named Trond moves to a remote cabin in eastern Norway and meditates on his youth — sounds… Out Stealing Horses The simple, bleak premise — a 67-year-old man named Trond moves to a remote cabin in eastern Norway and meditates on his youth — sounds… 2007-04-17 Fiction Graywolf Press
Book Review

Out Stealing Horses (2007)

NORWEGIAN GOOD Petterson tells a Bergman-esque tale of a solitary man coming to grips with his past in the captivating Horses
NORWEGIAN GOOD Petterson tells a Bergman-esque tale of a solitary man coming to grips with his past in the captivating Horses
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Apr 17, 2007; Writer: Per Petterson; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Graywolf Press

The simple, bleak premise — a 67-year-old man named Trond moves to a remote cabin in eastern Norway and meditates on his youth — sounds like any number of snowy Ingmar Bergman films. Indeed, Out Stealing Horses seldom relinquishes its eerily quiet tone, even when Trond's memories take detours into violent tragedy, logging expeditions, and WWII espionage. Per Petterson fluently jumbles his chronology, sustaining mysteries within several subplots and vivifying evergreen ideas about determinism and the bonds of family. But the real trick is in the way everything finally, neatly converges into an emotional jolt. A

Originally posted May 22, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints