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From the Mouth of the Whale
ISBN: 9781846590832
eISBN: 9781846591013
May 2011
13 x 20 cm
275 pages

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Sjón was born in Reykjavik in 1962. He won the Nordic Council's Literature Prize, the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize, for The Blue Fox, which was also longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2009.

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From the Mouth of the Whale



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 Snjafjoll 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.

Translated by Victoria Cribb


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'Sjón is the trickster that makes the world; and he is achingly brilliant... strange and wonderful, an epic made mad, made extraordinary.'
Junot Díaz

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For I was as bewildered as the dogs that howled, the cats that hissed, the ravens that crawled along the ground, the cows that wandered dazed in the fields.

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