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Jon Kalman Stefansson - Heaven & Hell (2nd Hand Paperback)

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In a remote part of Iceland, a boy and his friend Barður join a boat to fish for cod. A winter storm surprises them out at sea and Barður, who has forgotten his waterproof as he was too absorbed in 'Paradise Lost', succumbs to the ferocious cold and dies.

Appalled by the death and by the fishermen's callous ability to set about gutting the fatal catch, the boy leaves the village, intending to return the book to its owner. The extreme hardship and danger of the journey is of little consequence to him - he has already resolved to join his friend in death. But once in the town he immerses himself in the stories and lives of its inhabitants, and decides that he cannot be with his friend just yet.

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Heaven and Hell is a perfectly formed, vivid and timeless story, lyrical in style, and as intense a reading experience as the forces of the Icelandic landscape themselves. An outstandingly moving novel.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : As New
  • Category : Fiction - Historical Fiction
  • Published : 2007 (This Edition 2014 - MacLehose Press/Quercus - USA)
  • ISBN : 9781623654726
  • SKU : B002580
  • PPC : LL300gm
  • RRP : $14.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

'A glinting treasure' - Der Spiegel.

'An outstanding narrative . . . like a long breath from the depths of the sea' - Nils C. Ahl, Le Monde.

'The author has a lyrical, poetic style . . . the action unfolds vividly and dramatically, and the reader feels part of the scene. The combination creates an unusually intense reading experience' - Alannah Hopkinson, Irish Examiner.

The Author

Jón Kalman Stefánsson (born 17 December 1963) is an Icelandic author.

His first published work, the poetry collection, Með byssuleyfi á eilífðina, came out in 1988. He has published two other collections of poetry and a number of novels. His novel Sumarljós, og svo kemur nóttin (Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night) won The Icelandic Literature Prize in 2005. Three of his books have also been nominated for The Nordic Council's Literature Prize. He was the recipient of the Per Olov Enquists Prize for 2011, awarded at the book fair in Gautaborg in September 2011.