To Siberia - Per Petterson, Anne Born

From Per Petterson, author of Out Stealing Horses, comes another quietly beautiful Scandinavian novel, one that begs comparison with The Sound and the Fury. Written in 1996 and only now available in English, To Siberia (Graywolf, $22) is a story of sibling love in wartime Denmark. In a meandering account of her childhood, the aged narrator, known only by the name her brother Jesper gave her, “Sistermine,” recalls how she and Jesper worked in the family dairy, mocked Nazi soldiers, followed their drunken grandfather to bars, and longed for lives elsewhere. Jesper planned to join the proletariat and fight in Morocco, while his sister yearned to go to Siberia. This is a calm and melancholic masterpiece of family life and affection, just right for winter reading.

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ISBN: 9780312428990
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2009

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