- Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
- Year Published: 2013
- Edition: 1st American ed.
- Description: 231 p. ; 20 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Superstition -- Fiction.
- Heresy -- Fiction.
- Iceland -- Fiction. -- Social conditions -- 17th century
- Epic fiction.
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From the mouth of the whale
by Sjón, 1962-
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Call number: Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, West Adult
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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