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Absolution is a novel by Olaf Olafsson about the mind of a man haunted by the crime he planned half a century earlier

Absolution is a novel by Olaf Olafsson about the mind of a man haunted by the crime he planned half a century earlier. When he died, Peter Peterson left behind the trappings of a seemingly charmed life: a vast fortune, two children, and a stately Park Avenue address. But he left something else behind: a sheaf of confessions about a dark period of his youth

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In his spellbinding first novel, acclaimed Icelandic author Olaf Olafsson takes us inside the mind of a man haunted by the crime he willed half a century earlier.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Expatriate businessman Peter Peterson left behind the trappings of a seemingly charmed life: a vast fortune.

lafur Jóhann Ólafsson (born 26 September 1962), also known as Olaf Olafsson outside of Iceland, is an Icelandic businessman and writer. He is best known for his tenure at Sony and his leadership in the creation of the PlayStation video game console. lafur was born in Reykjavík, Iceland on 26 September 1962 to Anna Jónsdóttir and writer Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He lives in New York City with his wife Anna Ólafsdóttir and three children.

A lyrical and arresting novel by acclaimed Icelandic writer Olaf Olafsson about one woman's redemptive journey home.

The haunting, vivid story of a nun whose past returns to her in unexpected ways, all while investigating a mysterious death and a series of harrowing abuse claims. A young nun is sent by the Vatican to investigate allegations of misconduct at a Catholic school in Iceland. As butler to William Randolph Hearst at San Simeon castle, Christian Benediktsson lives quietly, almost invisibly. He completes his tasks efficiently and with aplomb, catering to the whims of the volatile Chief and overseeing the running of the hectic household. A lyrical and arresting novel by acclaimed Icelandic writer Olaf Olafsson about one woman's redemptive journey home.

Absolution : a novel. by. Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson. New York : Pantheon Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. urn:acs6:f:pdf:e2a-3716ac54da3f urn:acs6:f:epub:011-96020da35f00 urn:oclc:record:1023762003. Princeton University Library.

In his spellbinding first novel, acclaimed Icelandic author Olaf Olafsson takes us inside the mind of a man haunted by the crime he willed half a century earlier. Expatriate businessman Peter Peterson left behind the trappings of a seemingly charmed life: a vast fortune, two children, and a stately Park Avenue address.

A lyrical and arresting novel by acclaimed Icelandic writer Olaf Olafsson about one woman's redemptive journey home

As butler to William Randolph Hearst at San Simeon castle, Christian Benediktsson lives quietly, almost invisibly. Disa Jonsdottir has managed an inn for years with her companion, Anthony, in the English countryside. Compelled by the demands of time to revisit the village of her childhood, she departs England for her native Iceland.

Acclaimed novelist Olaf Olafsson brings us Restoration, a sweeping story of love tested by human frailty and the terrors and tragedies of war. Departing from the landscapes of his native Iceland-so beautifully evoked in Absolution, The Journey Home, and other previous. Departing from the landscapes of his native Iceland-so beautifully evoked in Absolution, The Journey Home, and other previous works-Olafson sets Restoration in the gorgeous Italian hills of Tuscany during the World War Two years of the early 1940s

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Olaf Olafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1962. He is the author of three previous novels, The Journey Home, Absolution and Walking Into the Night, and a story collection, Valentines. He is the recipient of the O. Henry Award and the Icelandic Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize, and has twice been nominated for the IMPAC Award

In his spellbinding first novel, acclaimed Icelandic author Olaf Olafsson takes us inside the mind of a man haunted by the crime he willed half a century earlier.Expatriate businessman Peter Peterson left behind the trappings of a seemingly charmed life: a vast fortune, two children, and a stately Park Avenue address. But he also left behind another legacy: a secret from long ago that shadowed his accomplishments and estranged him from his loved ones—a crime of passion, committed in the throes of unrequited love, that became a lifetime’s burden. Yet when Peter is forced to confront the consequences of his actions, an unexpected turn of events shakes the very foundation of his past. Spanning a boyhood in Iceland to the Nazi occupation of Denmark to modern-day Manhattan, Absolutioncalls up Dostoevsky and Ibsen as it masterfully plumbs the darkest corners of a sinister mind and a wounded heart.

Comments: (7)

Faezahn
Is this a case study of a cantankerous old capitalist, a who-done-it, or a love story? How about all three - or none. Like a coming-of-age book, but set at the end of life, not the beginning. Well written and intriguing, this book opens up to become enthralling. At the end I couldn’t put it down - wanting to finally discover the truth.
Olafsson is a genius at understatement. He gently takes your hand an leads you down the “primrose path,” but you should keep alert with eyes wide open.
Warianys
Underwhelmed by this book because I expected more.
Erthai
Olaf Olafsson is one of my favorites authors. Really beautiful & interesting in an understated style. He doesn't try to sell itself or persuade the reader of anything, it is just there to be found. Love him & buy everything he writes.
Onnell
Extremely well written, but dark novel that takes place inside the head of a nasty man.
Dalarin
Peter Peterson is an embittered man. He is mistrustful towards his son Helgi and his daughter Gudrun because he thinks that they are after his money. Now an elderly man he is confronted with the memories of his life. He was brought up in the gentry quarter of Reykjavik, followed his first love to Copenhagen during the Second World War and then went to live to New York.

Time and again he remembers what he calls his "little crime" but this remains a mystery until the end of the novel. Like a murderer compelled to visit the site of his crime because he feels that his first love was clouded by betrayal and a harrowing revenge which poisoned his soul for the rest of his life. Did Peter Petersen really betray anybody? Who was the victim of his revenge?

Excellently written with a carefully engineered plot, the reader is pulled into the story - with its numerous flashbacks which are interwoven into the present day - until the very end.
Ielonere
"For I fear death, I am afraid of the end, the nothingness and perplexity."
Peter Peterson a wealthy businessman and wine connossieur from Iceland is tormented living out his last days in New York. Besides the fear that his undeserving children will acquire his estate, there is his repetitive obsession with a crime of passion he believes he committed sometime back in his youth in Denmark. This crime brings him constant nightmares and cold sweats in his awakening and sleeping hours for they never leave him.
His constant companion is his Cambodian girlfriend who takes care of him, does all the chores and hardly leaves his side. This is a touching story that will keep Mr. Olafsson's fans on the brink of anxiety.
Lovers of Olaf Olafsson should not miss this beautiful novel which I believe is his first book... Grab it now. And I would also like to recommend Walking Into The Night by the same author.
Heather Marshall 2/3/04
Vizuru
I picked this up in Reykjavik at the end of a trip to Iceland. I had previously read other Icelandic authors to get a feel for the country and its people but was disappointed. This book was a great read. The translation was done by the author himself so the quality of the prose is even more remarkable. There are numerous flashbacks contained in chapters that usually run about four pages. It jumps back and forth from the 1940s and from Reykjavik to Copenhagen to New York.

My daughter tried this book and found it tough to read at first because she didn't like the main character (he is not what one would call warm and cuddly). But she became engrossed with the book halfway through and was glad she stuck with it. I, on the other hand, loved it from the first page.

I am about to order another book from this author and I can't wait till it arrives.
The thin story contained in this slim novel is contained in a rather lame and unnecessary framing device. A translator is asked by a lawyer friend to skim a handwritten manuscript and tell him if it has any bearing on an estate the lawyer is executor for. The translator is soon drawn into the confessional memoir of wealthy New York businessman Peter Peterson. This could have stood on its own, and the introduction of the translator only creates clutter in getting to the meat of the matter. The memoir is the work of a dying man, wealthy in a material sense, but spiritually bereft (quite the cliche). An Icelandic emigre during World War II, he spent the following 50 or so years manipulating people, accumulating wealth, becoming a wine connoisseur, playing out a loveless marriage over three decades, fathering two children he can summon little (if any) warmth or feeling toward, and generally greeting his fellow man with a skeptical eye. This final document of his life is split between reminisces on these aspects of his life and his desire for absolution in the matter of a crime he committed as a young man during the war in Denmark.

The gradual revelation of this crime is the main element of suspense in the book, as the events leading up to it are sparingly and exactly doled out. These also help to partially explain why he became the distasteful and misanthropic adult he describes himself as being. About halfway through, it becomes clear what the crime is, and why it causes his nightmares at the end of his life. The other element of suspense is derived from the "will he or won't he" question of whether he will reach out to and possibly reconcile with his son before dying. Peterson is not a likeable character and for much of the book it's hard to care about him or the decisions that have led to him living friendless and alone with a Cambodian housekeeper. His boyhood years in Reykjavik are idyllic enough, but his entire character is then formed out of a single betrayal in his late teens. Ultimately, one is hard-pressed to care too much about what happens to a man who has managed to inflict so much pain on those close to him over the course of his life. There is a twist ending which is reminiscent of someone like Roald Dahl, but it's not enough to save the book.
Absolution: A Novel download epub
Literary
Author: Olaf Olafsson
ISBN: 1400030684
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Literary
Language: English
Publisher: Anchor (October 14, 2003)
Pages: 272 pages