Fish Have No Feet

Author(s): Jon Kalman Stefansson

MBIP 2017

Description: Keflavik: a town that may be the darkest place in Iceland, surrounded by black lava fields, hemmed in by a sea that may not be fished, and site of the U.S. military base, whose influence shaped Icelandic culture from the '50s to the dawning of the new millennium. Ari - a writer and publisher - lands back in Keflavik from Copenhagen. His father is dying, and he is flooded by memories of his youth in the '70s and '80s, listening to Pink Floyd and the Beatles, raiding American supply lorries and discovering girls. And one girl he could never forget. Layered through Ari's story is that of his grandparents in a village on the eastern coast, a world away from modern Keflavik. For his grandfather Oddur, life at sea is a destiny; for Margret its elemental power brings only loneliness and fear. Fish Have No Feet is a novel of profound beauty and wisdom by a major international writer. By the author of the acclaimed trilogy Heaven and Hell, The Sorrow of Angels and The Heart of Man


Review: A wonderful, exceptional writer ... A timeless storyteller -- Carsen Jensen Powerful and sparkling ... Prize-winning translator Philip Roughton's feather-light touch brings out the gleaming, fairy-tale quality of the writing, making what could be a stereotypically dark Nordic novel an impassioned and lyrical read. In Fish Have No Feet, Stefansson brings out the history of a place and its people in a way few contemporary writers ever manage. -- Nora Mahoney Irish Times. Stefansson's prose - translated with craggy eloquence by Philip Roughton - rolls and surges with oceanic splendour. -- Boyd Tonkin Spectator. Stefansson's immersive prose swells, thunders and sparkles with all the shifting moods of the sea on an Icelandic summer's day. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent.


 


 


Author Biography: Jon Kalman Stefansson was born in Reykjavik in 1963. His novels have been nominated three times for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature (2001, 2004, 2007) and his novel Summer Light, and then Comes the Night received the Icelandic Prize for Literature in 2005. He is the recipient of the annual P.O. Enquist Award, which is bestowed on young writers who are beginning to make a significant impact on the European literary scene.

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long listed 2017 Man Booker

A wonderful, exceptional writer ... A timeless storyteller -- Carsen Jensen Powerful and sparkling ... Prize-winning translator Philip Roughton's feather-light touch brings out the gleaming, fairy-tale quality of the writing, making what could be a stereotypically dark Nordic novel an impassioned and lyrical read. In Fish Have No Feet, Stefansson brings out the history of a place and its people in a way few contemporary writers ever manage. -- Nora Mahoney Irish Times. Stefansson's prose - translated with craggy eloquence by Philip Roughton - rolls and surges with oceanic splendour. -- Boyd Tonkin Spectator. Stefansson's immersive prose swells, thunders and sparkles with all the shifting moods of the sea on an Icelandic summer's day. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent.

Jon Kalman Stefansson was born in Reykjavik in 1963. His novels have been nominated three times for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature (2001, 2004, 2007) and his novel Summer Light, and then Comes the Night received the Icelandic Prize for Literature in 2005. He is the recipient of the annual P.O. Enquist Award, which is bestowed on young writers who are beginning to make a significant impact on the European literary scene.

General Fields

  • : 9780857054418
  • : Quercus Publishing
  • : MacLehose Press
  • : August 2016
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 27mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 384
  • : 839.6935
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  • : Paperback
  • : Jon Kalman Stefansson