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  • Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 231 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780374159030
  • 0374159033

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From the mouth of the whale

by Sjón, 1962-

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Call number: Fiction

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Translation of : Rökkurbýsnir.

Reissue of the English translation originally published in 2011 by Telegram, Great Britain.

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. Jona 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 his three children.

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