Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989. First English Edition. Inscribed on front free endpaper: "For Jeffery Paine, very best wishes, Kjartan Fløgstad." Octavo; [viii] + 203pp. Three-color dust jacket with Pegasus Prize image and explanation on back. Tan boards with red metallic stamping on spine.
Unclipped jacket with minimal signs of browning on top and bottom edges of inner flaps. Binding pristine, as new. Textblock tight, square, unmarked, and seemingly unread. Invitation from the Ambassador of Norway to Jeffery Paine, recipient of the volume, for the novel's American launch at the Norwegian Embassy is laid in. Paine is the Washington, D.C.-based author of several introductions to Eastern religions.
Fløgstad's novel, treating the 20th-century transition from rural self-sufficiency to urban living in the life of one Norwegian family, received the Pegasus Prize in 1989 upon English publication. It had first been published in Norwegian in 1977, and, at the time, received the Nordic Council Prize.