Per Petterson in light of the -reception

The recent international success of Per Petterson’s novels, with translations into more than 40 languages, has engendered a rapidly growing international reception of his work. So far, this has taken place in various newspapers and literary magazines almost exclusively outside academia. The article identifies some of the recurring themes of this reception and uses these as a basis for a more expansive reading of Petterson’s fiction. My central aim is to lay bare the most important structural and thematic characteristics of his literary achievement, in the hope that this might serve as a preliminary for future academic work on Petterson.

Keywords: Per Petterson, reception studies, symbol, transtextuality, memory