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I Refuse

by Per Petterson
Translated by Don Bartlett

Random House UK | December 1, 2014 | Hardcover

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The major new novel from the prizewinning author of Out Stealing Horses.
     Two men meet by accident on a bridge early one morning. Once they were best friends -- but Tommy and Jim haven't seen each other for 35 years. Back then, Tommy and his sister were abandoned by their mother and later by their abusive father, and Jim, who lived alone with his religious mother, went to high school and became a socialist. Then one winter, Jim started to doubt whether he was deserving of the friendship. Now Jim is standing on the bridge, fishing, when Tommy drives by in his expensive new Mercedes. I Refuse follows both men during the course of the fateful day that follows.
     Per Petterson's outstanding new novel is broader in scope than many of his previous novels, but as powerful and moving as anything he has ever written.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.76 × 5.66 × 1.17 in

Published: December 1, 2014

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 184655781X

ISBN - 13: 9781846557811

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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I Refuse

I Refuse

by Per Petterson
Translated by Don Bartlett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.76 × 5.66 × 1.17 in

Published: December 1, 2014

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 184655781X

ISBN - 13: 9781846557811

From the Publisher

The major new novel from the prizewinning author of Out Stealing Horses.
     Two men meet by accident on a bridge early one morning. Once they were best friends -- but Tommy and Jim haven't seen each other for 35 years. Back then, Tommy and his sister were abandoned by their mother and later by their abusive father, and Jim, who lived alone with his religious mother, went to high school and became a socialist. Then one winter, Jim started to doubt whether he was deserving of the friendship. Now Jim is standing on the bridge, fishing, when Tommy drives by in his expensive new Mercedes. I Refuse follows both men during the course of the fateful day that follows.
     Per Petterson's outstanding new novel is broader in scope than many of his previous novels, but as powerful and moving as anything he has ever written.

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.

Editorial Reviews

• "Illuminated by a clear and insightful knowledge of what it means to be human... Petterson is really a masterful depictor of contemporary life. His prose is precise, simple, and yet so magically different that it constantly offers a new insight... Lucky is the reader who has yet to read Petterson." --Nordjyske, Denmark