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Description - World Light by Halldor Laxness

As an unloved foster child on a farm in rural Iceland, Olaf Karason has only one consolation- the belief that one day he will be a great poet. The indifference and contempt of most of the people around him only reinforces his sense of destiny, for in Iceland poets are as likely to be scorned as they are to be revered. Over the ensuing years, Olaf comes to lead the paradigmatic poet's life of poverty, loneliness, ruinous love affairs and sexual scandal. But he will never attain anything like greatness.As imagined by Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness in this magnificently humane novel, what might be cruel farce achieves pathos and genuine exaltation. World Light demonstrates how the creative spirit can survive in even the most crushing environment and even the most unpromising human vessel.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375727573
ISBN-10: 0375727574
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 133mm x 27mm)
Pages: 1
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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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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