In Reykjavík, a Boy Lives as an Outsider in Sjón's 'Moonstone'

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Reykjavík seen from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja.

Icelandic author Sjón talks about his new novel Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was. Set in Reykjavík in 1918, it tells the story of Máni Steinn Karlsson, a 16-year-old boy who has sex with men for money. The book explores Mani’s feelings of isolation in a homogenous and homophobic city, and the connection he feels to foreign cinema.  

Event: Sjón will be in conversation with Sam Sacks, fiction critic at The Wall Street Journal, at the Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue) on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.