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Walking Into The Night: A Novel: Olafsson, Olaf

Walking Into The Night: A Novel

Olafsson, Olaf

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ISBN 10: 0375422544 / ISBN 13: 9780375422546
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, 2003
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Uncorrected Bound Galleys. Light blue wraps. 264 pages. In fine, clean, unread condition. ~~ Third novel by this Icelandic-American author whose work has received critical acclaim, as well as the O. Henry Award and the Iceland Literary Award. Olafsson writes about the soul-searching inner journeys of individuals facing loss, guilt, and other events in their current lives or their past, compassionately and convincingly portraying their psychological turmoil and emotional burdens. In this novel, a man who long ago abandoned his family in Iceland for a reckless affair in New York lives a hermetic life working as a butler for William Randolph Hearst. "A stunning portrait of a man wrestling with guilt and secret passions." Olafssons's novels touch the reader's heart and mind. This set of uncorrected bound galleys precede the advance reader edition, and are more likely to show the author's early writing before additional changes and corrections were made in preparation the publication of the first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 001528

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Title: Walking Into The Night: A Novel

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Wraps

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition

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From the acclaimed author of The Journey Home, a new novel of tremendous power and beauty about a man’s hidden past and about the immutability of love and loss.

For twenty years Christian Benediktsson has led a quiet life as William Randolph Hearst’s butler. His days are filled with the rituals of Hearst’s life and the demands of running a grand house. But in his most private thoughts and memories, he relives another life: his abandonment of his wife and children in Iceland for an actress in New York, a reckless affair and a tragic death, financial downfall, and the profound retreat from life that led him to Hearst’s San Simeon. No one else knows the secret of the man he once was—husband, father, businessman, lover—and, ultimately, even he will choose to forget that this person ever existed.

Walking into the Night is a stunning portrait of a man wrestling with guilt and secret passions. Olaf Olafsson surpasses anything he has accomplished thus far in this wise and beautiful novel.

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Praise for The Journey Home by Olaf Olafsson

“Compelling . . . Akin to Thomas Mann . . . An astonishing story of confusion, loss, denial. Olafsson has created a woman of such complexity and uncalculated charm that he will leave readers wishing that they could actually meet her before it’s too late.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“An exceptional novel . . . Engrossing . . . A tremendous accomplishment [and a] great triumph of novelistic imagination.”
The Observer (London)

“Soulful and thoughtful . . . An impressively mature and wide-ranging book, both geographically and emotionally.”
New York Times Book Review

“Undeniably graceful . . . It is vulnerability that makes The Journey Home so complete and appealing.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“With masterful skill and elegant prose, Olafsson gradually reveals his fierce heroine and her complicated story. The Journey Home is an eerie, suspenseful novel, one that delivers surprises until the very last beautiful page and that happily remains with the reader long after that.”
—Margot Livesey, author of Criminals and The Missing World

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