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From the Mouth of the Whale (Paperback)
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From the Mouth of the Whale (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 07/11/2019
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Shortlisted for The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize 2013

Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012

'Sjon's novels are brilliant collisions of history and fable, psychology and fantasy' Chris Power, Guardian

The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct, having fallen foul of the local magistrate. Banished to a barren island, Jonas recalls his exorcism of a walking corpse on the remote Snjafjoell coast, the frenzied massacre of innocent Basque whalers at the hands of local villagers, and the deaths of three of his children.

From the Mouth of the Whale is a magical evocation of an enlightened mind and a vanished age.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529342970
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Every now and then a writer changes the whole map of literature inside my head. The most recent has been the Icelander Sjon, whose work is unlike anything I had read, and very exciting ... I think of Icelanders as erudite, singular, tough, and uncompromising. Sjon is all these things, but he is also quicksilver, playful and surreal ... [Sjon] has changed the way I see things.' - A.S. Byatt, The New York Review of Books

Sjon is the trickster that makes the world; and he is achingly brilliant... strange and wonderful, an epic made mad, made extraordinary. - Junot Diaz

'Hallucinatory, lyrical and by turn comic and tragic-an extraordinary novel.' - Hari Kunzru

Kaleidoscopic and mesmerizing, comic and poignant - Times Literary Supplement

Sjon's novels are brilliant collisions of history and fable, psychology and fantasy - Chris Power, Guardian

Wildly comic and incandescent, elegant and brittle. - Keith Donohue, Washington Post

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