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World Light by Halldor Laxness
Book DescriptionThis dense, mystical novel features the sort of quixotic anti-hero Laxness specializes in - in this case, a failed poet named Olaf Karason. Olaf is an outsider in a society that admires poetry, but scorns poets. The narrative takes him on a series of adventures both miraculous and brutally realistic, as he searches for beauty amid the squalor and ugliness of his life in rural Iceland. After being released from prison he falls in love with a young girl he idealizes as his image of poetic beauty, but having found what he'd been searching for, in seeking to possess her he destroys her. Woven throughout WORLD LIGHT is Laxness's usual gallery of vivid characters, and his signature combination of brutality and tenderness, his ultimately compassionate satire.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375727573
(205mm x 135mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Halldor Laxness
Independent People, Paperback (July 2008)
Bjartus is a sheep farmer determined to eke a living from a blighted patch of land. Nothing, not merciless weather, nor his family will come between him and his goal of financial independence. Only Asta Solillja, the child he brings up as his daughter, can pierce his stubborn heart.
Under the Glacier, Paperback (June 2005)
At the beginning of this otherworldly novel, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against a pastor, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead. On arrival, the emissary finds that this dereliction counts only as a minor eccentricity...
Atom Station, Paperback (March 2004)» View all books by Halldor Laxness
When the Americans make an offer to buy land in Iceland to build a NATO airbase after the Second World War, a storm of protest is provoked throughout the country. Narrated by a country girl from the north, this novel follows her experiences after she takes up employment as a maid in the house of her Member of Parliament.
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Author Biography - Halldor Laxness
Halldor Laxness was born near Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1902. His first novel was published when he was seventeen. The undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction and one of the outstanding novelists of the century, he has written more than sixty books, including novels, short stories, essays, poems, plays, and memoirs. In 1955 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 1998. In time for the centenary of the birth of Iceland's Nobel Laureate: his epic and perhaps most important novel, WORLD LIGHT.
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