Per Petterson (b 1952, Norway) is one of Norway’s internationally best known fiction authors.
He is a qualified librarian. He worked for many years at the Tronsmo bookstore and has also worked as a literary critic and translator.
Petterson debuted as an author in 1987 with his short story collection Aske I munnen, sand I skoa. His national and international breakthrough came with his novel Ut og stjæle hester, published in 2003, for which he received several awards such as the Kritikar prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2005. In 2008 he published Jeg forbanner tidens elv, for which he won the Kritikar Award, the Brage Prize and the Norwegian Arts Council’s Literature Award. His latest book is Mitt Abruzzo.
Petterson’s books have been translated into more than 50 languages.