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Icelandic Novelist Sjón

Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrated Icelandic novelist Sjón has won many international awards and has been compared to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland’s other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. His new novel The Whispering Muse is set in 1949, and follows Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander who joins a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea.

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Amy from Manhattan

Speaking of Jorge Luis Borges, he was (among many other things) a scholar of Scandinavian literature, incl. a study of kenningar (a particular type of metaphor) in Icelandic poetry, in which he refers to Snorri Sturluson's treatise--from the 13th century!--on the Prose Eddas. So there's more of a connection than you might think.

May. 10 2013 02:19 PM

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