By Per Petterson

The heartwarming debut that introduced consistent with Petterson, the writer of the hugely acclaimed Out Stealing Horses, to prominence

Young Arvid Jansen lives at the outskirts of Oslo. it is the early sixties; his father works in a shoe manufacturing unit and his Danish mom works as a cleanser. Arvid has nightmares approximately crocodiles and nonetheless wets his mattress at evening, yet slowly he starts off to appreciate the realm round him. bright photographs accompany each one new occasion: a photograph of his mom as a tender girl makes him cry as he realizes how time passes, and the black automobile that involves acquire his father at the day Arvid's grandfather dies reminds him of the passing of his bullfinch. after which, one morning, his instructor tells his type to hope simply because a nuclear warfare is looming. Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes, in step with Petterson's debut, within which he introduces Arvid Jansen to the area, is a fragile portrait of adolescence in all its complexity, ask yourself, and confusion that may pride enthusiasts of Out Stealing Horses and new readers alike.

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But the chocolate tasted stale and it was because Granddad always bought enough chocolate for six months at a time and kept it all in the top drawer of the old dresser he had in the hall. That was the sensible thing to do, Dad said, but Arvid didn’t think sensible was the same as kind. Once, Mum had said that Granddad treated her like a maid when they lived in Vålerenga, and when Dad defended him Mum lost her temper and said, and this I have to hear from a socialist! A man came into EBENEZER, with his eyes downcast, not looking at anyone, but still he found Uncle Rolf and whispered something in his ear.

A Lannan Translation Selection Funding the translation and publication of exceptional literary works This book was published with the financial assistance of NORLA. Published by Graywolf Press 250 Third Avenue North, Suite 600 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 All rights reserved. org Published in the United States of America ISBN 978-1-55597-700-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-55597-334-6 2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1 First Graywolf Printing, 2015 Library of Congress Control Number: 2014950985 Cover design: Kyle G. com Contents A Man Without Shoes Ashes in His Mouth The Black Car The King Is Dead Like a Tiger in a Cage Fatso People Are Not Animals Call Me Ali Baba Today You Must Pray to God Before the War To my father, Arthur Petterson, 1911–1990 A Man Without Shoes Dad had a face that Arvid loved to watch, and at the same time made him nervous as it wasn’t just a face but also a rock in the forest with its furrows and hollows, at least if he squinted when he looked.

They would not stop, they just chanted louder and louder, and he felt his fury rising as it always did, even though he tried with all his might to hold it back, and perhaps the worst thing was the way he blushed. With willpower alone he tried to stop it from spreading, but he failed, for just to say that one word aloud was like pulling a trigger, and he had no control over anything, and then he turned and through a mist he saw their faces expanding into huge grins. It was too late to stop now, so he just smacked his sandwich into the face of the boy closest to him, splashing jam everywhere.

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