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Critical Praise

“Read Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. From the first terse sentences of this mesmerizing Norwegian novel about youth, memory, and, yes, horse stealing; you know you're in the hands of a master storyteller.”


“That's the effect of Per Petterson's award-winning novel: It hits you in the heart at close range.”

——Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered

“Petterson's spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force . . . Loss is conveyed with all the intensity of a boy's perception but acquires new resonance in the brooding consciousness of the older man.”

——The New Yorker

“A gripping account of such originality as to expand the reader's own experience of life.”

——Thomas McGuane, The New York Times Book Review