Sjón - From the Mouth of the Whale

Elegant. Epic. Odd. From the Mouth of the Whale is a surreal masterpiece set in 1630s Iceland. The story of Jonas Palmason the Learned unfolds in one surreal revelation after another. In some chapters, Jonas himself relates the tales of his exploits – banishing an unruly ghost, bantering with Basque whalers – and at times a more objective voice describes his adventures – imprisonment for sorcery; the births and deaths of his six children; discussing myth, runes, and natural history with a renowned scholar. Sjón (Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, his abbreviated pen-name means “sight”) is a poet, lyricist, and novelist already rightly famous in Iceland. This short novel is in turns heartbreaking and hilarious, and always delightful and surprising.
From the Mouth of the Whale: A Novel By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by) Cover Image
By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374159030
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 30th, 2013