The Blue Fox: A Novel

Farrar Straus Giroux. Winner of the 2005 nordic council literature prize―the Nordic world's highest literary honor―The Blue Fox is part mystery, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, part fairy tale, world-class literary talent. Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest.

At the edge of the hunter's territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. By the end of sjón's slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same.

From the Mouth of the Whale: A Novel

The year is 1635. Sjón introduces us to jónas pálmason, banished to a barren island for heretical conduct, as he recalls his gift for curing "female maladies, a poet and self-taught healer, " his exorcism of a walking corpse on the remote Snjáfjöll coast, the frenzied massacre of innocent Basque whalers at the hands of local villagers, and the deaths of three of his children.

Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty, and cruelty. Pálmason's story echoes across centuries and cultures, an epic tale that makes us see the world anew. Men of science marvel over a unicorn's horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret, and both books and men are burned. Farrar Straus Giroux.

From the mouth of the Whale is an Icelandic saga for the modern age.

The Whispering Muse: A Novel

Sublime. Farrar Straus Giroux. S. A work of coy humor and shape-shifting magic. The wall street journalsjón's novels have been championed by a veritable pantheon of literary luminaries: Junot Díaz, David Mitchell, A. The year is 1949 and valdimar haraldsson, an eccentric icelander with elevated ideas about the influence of fish consumption on Nordic civilization, has had the extraordinary good fortune to be invited to join a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea.

Byatt, and alberto manguel, hari Kunzru, who calls The Whispering Muse "an extraordinary, powerful fable―a marvel. The whispering Muse is Sjón's masterpiece so far. Every evening after dinner he entrances his fellow travelers with the tale of how he sailed with the fabled vessel the Argo on the Argonauts' quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

. Among the crew is the mythical hero Caeneus, disguised as the second mate. What unfolds is a slender, brilliant, always entertaining novel that evokes Borges and Calvino as it weaves together tales of myth and antiquity with the modern world in a literary voice so singular as to seem possessed.

CoDex 1962: A Trilogy

Spanning eras, continents, and genres, codex 1962―twenty years in the making―is Sjón’s epic three-part masterpieceOver the course of four dazzling novels translated into dozens of languages, Sjón has earned a global reputation as one of the world’s most interesting writers. But the future, according to Sjón, is not so dark as it seems.

In codex 1962, of course, comic strips, genetics, theology, expressionist film, fortean studies, and, Sjón has woven ancient and modern material and folklore and cosmic myths into a singular masterpiece―encompassing genre fiction, the rich tradition of Icelandic storytelling. But what the world has never been able to read is his great trilogy of novels, known collectively as CoDex 1962―now finally complete.

Josef löwe, was born in 1962―the same year, the same moment even, the narrator, as Sjón. And in the final volume, set in present-day reykjavík, Josef’s story becomes science fiction as he crosses paths with the outlandish CEO of a biotech company based closely on reality who brings the story of genetics and genesis full circle.

Farrar Straus Giroux. If the first volume is a love story, the second is a crime story: Löwe arrives in Iceland with the clay-baby inside a hatbox, only to be embroiled in a murder mystery―but by the end of the volume, his clay son has come to life. Josef’s story, stretches back decades in the form of leo löwe―a Jewish fugitive during World War II who has an affair with a maid in a German inn; together, however, they form a baby from a piece of clay.



And yet the outside world has also brought icelanders cinema! and there's nothing like a dark, silent room with a film from Europe flickering on the screen to help you escape from the overwhelming threats--and adventures--of the night, to transport you, to make you feel like everything is going to be all right.

It is the story of a young man on the fringes of a society that is itself at the fringes of the world--at what seems like history's most tumultuous, perhaps ultimate moment. The mind-bending miniature historical epic is Sjón's specialty, and Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was is no exception. Farrar Straus Giroux.

Máni steinn is queer in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. His city, which has already torn through europe, is homogeneous and isolated and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, Reykjavik in 1918, Asia, and North America and is now lapping up on Iceland's shores.

And if the flu doesn't do it, there's always the threat that war will spread all the way north. For máni steinn, he should retreat all the way into this imaginary world, the question is whether, at Reykjavik's darkest hour, or if he should engage with the society that has so soundly rejected him. But it is also sjón's most realistic, accessible, and heartfelt work yet.


Independent People

From the nobel prize-winning icelandic author, clever, epic novel—"funny, a magnificent, sardonic and brilliant" Annie Proulx—at last available to contemporary American readers. Set in the early twentieth century, Independent People recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter.

Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is a masterpiece. But bjartur's spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him. If bjartur of summerhouses, at the same time, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, is an ordinary sheep farmer, the book's protagonist, terrifying and bleakly comic.

Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. Farrar Straus Giroux. What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail.

Pedro Paramo

Farrar Straus Giroux. Dentro de su brevedad, determinada por el rigor y la concentración expresiva, Pedro Páramo sintetiza la mayor parte de los temas que han interesado siempre a los mexicanos, ese misterio nacional que el talento de Juan Rulfo ha sabido condensar por medio de los cotidianos habitantes de Comala, región inscrita ya en la mitología literaria universal.


A Doll's House and Other Plays Penguin Classics

Penguin popular classics. These two masterpieces are accompanied here by The Pillars of Society and An Enemy of the People, both exploring the tensions and dark compromises at the heart of society. Four of ibsen’s most important plays in superb modern translations, part of the new Penguin Ibsen series.

With her assertion that she is “first and foremost a human being,  Nora Helmer sent shockwaves throughout Europe when she appeared in Henrik Ibsen’s greatest and most famous play, ” rather than a wife, mother or fragile doll,  A Doll’s House. Ibsen’s follow-up, with its unrelenting investigation into religious hypocrisy, was no less radical,  Ghosts, family secrets, and sexual double-dealing.

Farrar Straus Giroux.

Women and Apple Trees

Farrar Straus Giroux. Penguin popular classics.

The Merits of Women: Wherein Is Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men

These are but a small selection of the quips bandied about at this lively gathering of women. And their superiority to men. Penguin popular classics. The broad topic at hand is the relative pros and cons of men, and the cases in point range from pick-up artists to locker-room talk, and from double standards to fragile masculinity.

. Without help from their wives, men are just like unlit lamps. Yet this dialogue unfolds not among ironically misandrist millenials venting at their local dive bar, widowed, but rather among sixteenth-century women—variously married, single, and betrothed—attending a respectable Venice garden party.

. Just think of them as an unreliable clock that tells you it’s ten o’clock when it’s in fact barely two. Farrar Straus Giroux. A new introduction by translator virginia cox and foreword by dacia Maraini situate The Merits of Women in its historical context, written as it was on the cusp of Shakespeare’s heyday, and straddling the centuries between the feminist works of Christine de Pizan and Mary Wollstonecraft.

A man without a woman is like a fly without a head.

Burial Rites

Back Bay Books. But as agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. Riveting and rich with lyricism, burial rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others? Farrar Straus Giroux.

. Only tóti, a priest agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. Soon to be a major motion picture starring jennifer Lawrence* A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against iceland's stark landscape, who, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Penguin popular classics.