Review: It’s Fine By Me – Per Petterson

When non-English writers get their work published in translation you often find that when they enjoy success in translation, their publishers begin to translate and publish books from their back-catalogue.  Per Petterson is in this situation; his books Out Stealing Horses, To Siberia and I Curse The River of Time have been very well [...]

Review: I Curse The River of Time – Per Petterson

Norwegian writer Per Petterson writes in a sparse, restrained style which somehow mirrors the bleak Scandinavian towns and landscapes he describes in his novels.  In I Curse the River of Time, we meet Arvid Janse, a character who features in other Petterson novels, a tired man who has failed to fulfil his potential and [...]

Springtime and Scandinavian crime

Its such a relief to be finally coming out of winter. I enjoy Britain’s changing seasons, winter included, but there’s something about February which generates a longing for warmer days and a bit of sunshine. Now at last we seem to have turned the corner – and it happened around the Vernal Equinox as well [...]

Review: To Siberia – Per Petterson

While Norwegian music is not totally unfamiliar to me (a-ha from the 80s and more recently, Secret Garden), I confess to not having read many Norwegian authors other than Henrick Ibsen, so its good to find a contemporary and reasonably-acclaimed Norwegian writer.

To Siberia was written in 1996 and won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize.  [...]

Review: A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven

I’ve been enrolled in the Amazon Vine programme which enables me to select books and other items which have been donated by publishers as review copies.

The first book arrived this week and made me realise that perhaps part of the purpose of Vine from the publishers perspective is to try to beef up the [...]