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I Refuse by Per Petterson
  

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Estranged friends for 35 years meet accidentally on a bridge in Oslo. This extraordinary novel looks at the rest of that day set against their past friendship in the 60s and other points in their lives. Episodic, not in sequence, it leaves a lot to the imagination. Terse and tightly written and full of northern gloom and sadness, it is not an easy read but certainly one that stays with you for days. Excellent. His novel Out Stealing Horses won the IMPAC literary award, the world’s most lucrative prize. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

I Refuse by Per Petterson

From the author of the international bestseller Out Stealing Horses I refuse to compromise. I refuse to forgive. I refuse to forget. Tommy's mother has gone. She walked out into the snow one night, leaving him and his sisters with their violent father. Without his best friend Jim, Tommy would be in trouble. But Jim has challenges of his own which will disrupt their precious friendship. It is a TLS and Guardian Book of the Year.


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An extraordinarily humane work...I Refuse will lodge in the heart and remain there -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * An exquisite story of a friendship formed and lost in a twist of fate * Scotsman * A poignant novel about the bonds forged and broken between friends and family members * Independent * A poignant, melancholic novel about the bonds forged and broken between friends and family members -- Lucy Scholes * Independent * Relentless, often shocking, but always satisfying * Financial Times *


About the Author

Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer and a bookseller. He made his literary breakthrough in 2003 with the prizewinning novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been published in forty-nine languages and won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Book Info

Publication date

22nd October 2015

Author

Per Petterson

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099584551

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