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The Blue Fox
ISBN: 9781846590375
eISBN: 9781846591068
Fiction
March 2008
Paperback
13 x 20 cm
112pp
£6.99

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About the Author
Sjón was born in Reykjavik in 1962. Poet, novelist and playwright, he has received numerous literary awards, including the Nordic Council's Literature Prize.

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The Blue Fox

Sjón

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The year is 1883. The stark Icelandic winter landscape is the backdrop. We follow the priest, Skugga-Baldur, on his hunt for the enigmatic blue fox. From there we’re then transported to the world of the naturalist Friðrik B. Friðriksson and his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down’s syndrome, and who came to his rescue when he was on the verge of disaster. Then to a shipwreck off the Icelandic coast in the spring of 1868.

The fates of Friðrik, Abba and Baldur are intrinsically bound and unravelled in this spellbinding book that is part thriller, part fairy tale.

Winner of the Nordic Literary Prize and nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize.

Translated by Victoria Cribb.

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Sjón's The Blue Fox shortlisted for Jan Michalski Prize
The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is attributed each year by the Foundation to crown a work of world literature. An original feature of the Prize is its multicultural nature.

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'The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail... Comic and lyrical.'
A.S.Byatt

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Excerpts
Blue foxes are so curiously like stones that it is a matter for wonder. When they lie beside them in winter there is no hope of telling them apart form the rocks themselves; indeed, they're far trickier than white foxes, which always cast a shadow or look yellow against the snow.

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