Absolution (novel)

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Author Olaf Olafsson
Country  United States
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Pantheon
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 259[1] (Hardcover)
272[2] (Paperback)
ISBN 0-679-42891-7

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. In pages written weeks before his death, he reveals a crime of passion, committed in the throes of unrequited love, that has burdened him for his entire life. Yet as he finishes his story, he encounters a surprise that will shake the very foundation of his past. Spanning a boyhood in Iceland to the Nazi occupation of Denmark to a cunning business career in modern-day Manhattan, Absolution echoes Dostoevsky and Ibsen as it masterfully plumbs the darkest corners of a sinister mind and a wounded heart.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

“Compulsive reading, and the spare, dry language concentrates the suspense…As cold and lucid as a quartz crystal.” – The Independent on Sunday (UK) [4]


  1. ^ "Absolution (Hardcover)". Amazon.ca. 
  2. ^ "Absolution (Paperback)". Amazon.ca. 
  3. ^ "Random House". Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Independent UK". The Independent. London. 1994-05-08. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 

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