Books Per Petterson Books by Per Petterson Per Petterson has written books about: Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Per Petterson Three Books... Brief, Bright And Beautiful: Three Books On Nordic Summer September 29, 2013 As autumn kicks in, Swedish novelist Anne Swärd reflects on the magical, short-lived summers near the Arctic circle. In places where the sun doesn't set, she says, "light insomnia" makes the world dream-like. And in the Nordic novels she recommends, Arctic sunshine makes betrayals sharper, friendships more intoxicating and love more enthralling. New In Paperback Strained Relations, Cyber Thrills, Precious Heirlooms And 'Humiliation' August 2, 2011 Per Petterson plumbs a mother and son's strained relationship, while William Gibson's near-future tale follows a canny businessman. In nonfiction, curator Edmund de Waal traces his family history through an heirloom collection of carvings, and Wayne Koestenbaum offers a meditation on humiliation. Born in Oslo, Per Petterson worked as a bookseller, a translator and literary critic before becoming a full-time writer. Finn Stale Felberg hide caption toggle caption Finn Stale Felberg The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Per Petterson: A Family Approach To Fiction September 23, 2010 Let's get one thing straight: Norwegian author Per Petterson is not Stieg Larsson. They may both be Scandinavian, but Petterson's books are as quiet and contemplative as Larsson's are violent and action-packed. Per Petterson: A Family Approach To Fiction Listen · 5:35 5:35 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/130070920/130120730" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books 'I Curse The River Of Time' Flows Effortlessly August 3, 2010 Norwegian writer Per Petterson hits the mark with his latest novel, which follows a man reflecting on his life — especially the events of 1989, a year when he lost his wife, his mother, and his faith in Communism. iStockphoto.com Three Books... Three Books About Dads Who Love Dangerously June 19, 2010 Sunday is the day we remember our doting, caring dads — but this Father's Day, Tess Callahan wonders whether it's possible for a dad to overextend his love. She looks at three books where a father's protection means keeping some dangerous secrets.