Petterson's debut novel, published in English for the first time Twelve-year-old Arvid and his family are on holiday, staying with his grandparents on the coast of Denmark. Dimly aware of the tension building between his mother and grandmother, Arvid is on the cusp of becoming a teenager: feeling awkward in his own skin, but adamant that he can take care of himself. As Arvid cycles down to the beach with its view of the lighthouse, he meets Mogens, an older boy who lives nearby, and together they set out to find fresh experiences in this strange new world. Echoland is a breathtaking read, capturing the unique drift of childhood summers, filled with unarticulated anxiety.
"A compelling mix of fable with the day-to-day account of a working-class boy... It is hard to think of a novel that so precisely and vividly conveys the pain and disorientation of puberty" John Burnside Guardian
Per Petterson, geboren 1952 in Oslo, ist ausgebildeter Bibliothekar und arbeitete als Buchhändler und Übersetzer, bevor er sich als Schriftsteller etablierte. Sein Buch Sehnsucht nach Sibirien wurde 1997 für den Nordic Council's Literature Prize nominiert.