Per Petterson is the author of five novels, including Out Stealing Horses. The excerpt in this issue is drawn from To Siberia, which will be published by Graywolf Press in October. (July 2008)

IN THE REVIEW

From ‘To Siberia’

The attic at the farm was icy cold and usually in half darkness with only one paraffin lamp I had to turn off as soon as I had gone up the stairs. There was a small window on the east side and the bed was under the window and kneeling …