© Photos of young stallions at Feøya: Trond Thorvaldsen, Fredrikstad, Norway
We’re in Dublin, a great opportunity for me to present a Norwegian novelist who won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2007:
“Out stealing horses” by Per Petterson
Per Petterson is a trained librarian. He has worked as a bookstore clerk, translator and literary critic before becoming a full-time writer. His breakthrough novel was “Ut og stjæle hester” (2003), which was awarded two top literary prizes in Norway – the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and the Booksellers’ Best Book of the Year Award. The 2005 English language translation “Out Stealing Horses” was awarded the 2006 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (the world’s largest monetary literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English (€ 100,000). “Out Stealing Horses” was named one of the 10 best books of the year in the December 9, 2007 issue of the New York Times Book Review.
All the photos taken by Trond Thorvaldsen are from an island called Feøya (Cattle island) in Norway. This is a holiday island for young and old stallions from our local district, trotters, gallopers, show jumpers and dressage horses. This island is situated in a rather large lake (Vannsjø) not far from the city of Moss, situated in the county of Østfold. Wonderful place where they roam about all summer long. (Thanks Tone!)
“You decide for yourself when it will hurt.” – Per Petterson “Out stealing horses”
“But that’s life. That’s what you learn from; when things happen. Especially at your age. You just have to take it in and remember to think afterwards and not forget and never grow bitter.” – Per Petterson “Out stealing horses”
“If I just concentrate I can walk into memory’s store and find the right shelf with the right film and disappear into it….” – Per Petterson “Out stealing horses”