Ashes In My Mouth, Sand In My Shoes

Paperback | December 9, 2013

byPer PettersonTranslated byDon Bartlett

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The heartwarming debut that brought Per Petterson, author of the highly acclaimed Out Stealing Horses, to prominence.
Arvid is six years old and lives on the outskirts of Oslo. His father works in a shoe factory; his Danish mother works as a cleaner. Arvid wets his bed at night and has nightmares about crocodiles, but begins to piece the world together. One day his father is collected in a black car; his grandfather has died, like the bullfinch. When Arvid sees a photo of his mother as a young woman he understands how time passes and then he cries and says he doesn't want to get old. And one morning the teacher tells the pupils to pray to God because a nuclear war is looming.

These are beautiful tales of growing up from prizewinning international author Per Petterson.

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The heartwarming debut that brought Per Petterson, author of the highly acclaimed Out Stealing Horses, to prominence. Arvid is six years old and lives on the outskirts of Oslo. His father works in a shoe factory; his Danish mother works as a cleaner. Arvid wets his bed at night and has nightmares about crocodiles, but begins to piece t...

PER PETTERSON was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer, a bookseller, a writer and a translator. He made his literary breakthrough in 2003 with the prizewinning novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been published in forty-nine languages so far and won many prizes. Ashes in my Mouth, Sand in my Shoe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.55 × 4.7 × 0.44 inPublished:December 9, 2013Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1846553709

ISBN - 13:9781846553707

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His sentences yearn to fly away into poetry; it is rare to find prose at once so exact and so vague." --James Wood, New Yorker