Search Results: "Don Bartlett"


BOOK REVIEW

IT'S FINE BY ME by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Will Audun ever break free of his father's legacy? Petterson leaves that key question hanging and the reader unsatisfied."
Coming-of-age in 1960s Norway; the fifth novel from the Norwegian native, best known for Out Stealing Horses (2007). Read full book review >

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THE BAT by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2013

"Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbø, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all."
Inspector Harry Hole's 1997 debut finally follows its seven successors into English translation. Read full book review >

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THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"The smart, suspenseful cat-and-mouse game will remind some readers of Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 film Insomnia—and that's high praise indeed."
Erica Jong meets Stephen King meets, yes, Stieg Larsson in this superb thriller, the eighth by Norwegian mystery writer Nesbø. Read full book review >

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THE REDBREAST by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Nesbø bids fair to turn Norway into serious competition for Sweden as Scandinavia's crime center."
A pair of assassination attempts bookend 50 years of postwar history in this bold, ambitious thriller. Read full book review >

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BEFORE I BURN by Gaute Heivoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Closer in tone to François Traffaut's Shoot the Piano Player or a Tom Waits song/story than an airport mystery novel."
One of Norway's most famous writers investigates a strange series of fires not by examining the ashes, but by looking in the mirror. Read full book review >

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THE LEOPARD by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Good for a nightmare or three—a taut, fast-paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns."
Another spooky gothic by Norwegian gloomster Nesbø (The Snowman, 2011, etc.), the poet laureate of boreal psychopathy. Read full book review >

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I REFUSE by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Without pyrotechnics, Petterson brings his characters and working-class Norway vividly, even passionately, to life; days after they finish the novel, readers may still have dreams of ice cracking."
Norwegian Petterson (It's Fine By Me, 2012, etc.) shows his considerable gift for exploring the darker crevices of boyhood in this elegiac story of two long-estranged friends whose lives have not turned out as they expected.Read full book review >

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MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2013

"A patient exploration of courtship and fatherhood stripped clean of politesse."
Raising a family, making art and the difficulty of reconciling the two drives the remarkable second installment of this six-volume novel-as-memoir. Read full book review >

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MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2014

"A simple and surprising effort to capture everyday life that rewards the time given to it."
A Norwegian novelist plumbs his interior life, particularly his troubled relationship with his late father, in this curiously affecting opening to a multipart epic. Read full book review >

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MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"An admirably seriocomic look at a headlong leap into maturity."
In which our author, never at a loss for words, spends his 20s figuring out how to use the right ones. Read full book review >

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FAITHLESS by Kjell Ola  Dahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A glum, low-concept, diffusely plotted procedural that's much more disturbing scene by scene than as the rather lumpy whole it appears to be in the rearview mirror."
Dahl, content to go by his initials in the English translations of his earlier Norwegian procedurals (Lethal Investments, as K.O. Dahl, 2012, etc.), unfurls his full name in signing his seventh. Read full book review >

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MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"Halfway through, this series is starting to look like an early-21st-century masterpiece."
The narrator of the third volume of Knausgaard's epic of the everyday recalls the frustrations and curious joys of boyhood. Read full book review >