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CoDex 1962 (Hardback)

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Synopsis

'This is a work of great ambition ... above all it feels like a work of virtuoso narrative for its own sake; an Icelandic 1001 Nights.' The Sunday Times



Josef Loewe can recall the moment of his birth in August, 1962 and everything that has happened since - or so he claims to the woman listening to the tale of his life . . .



A love story

He begins with his father, Leo, a starving Jewish fugitive in World War II Germany. In a small-town guesthouse, Leo discovers a kindred spirit in the maid who nurses him back to health; together they shape a piece of clay into a baby.



A crime story

Leo escapes to Iceland with the clay boy inside a hatbox, only to become embroiled in a murder mystery. It is not until 1962 that his son Josef can be born.



A science-fiction story

In modern-day Reykjavik, a middle-aged Josef attracts the interest of a rapacious geneticist. Now, what lies behind Josef's tale emerges. And as the story of genesis comes full circle, we glimpse the dangerous path ahead for humankind.



In this epic novel, Sjon has woven ancient and modern material into a singular masterpiece - encompassing genre fiction, history, theology, folklore, expressionist film, poetry, comic strips, myth, drama and, of course, the rich tradition of Icelandic storytelling.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 26/07/2018 ISBN-13: 9781473663022  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Born in Reykjavik in 1962, Sjon is an Icelandic writer whose novels have been translated into thirty-five languages. He has won several awards including the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for The Blue Fox and the Icelandic Literary Prize for Moonstone, while From the Mouth of the Whale was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Sjon has also published nine poetry collections, written four opera librettos as well as lyrics for various artists, and was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in the film Dancer in the Dark. In 2017, Sjon became the third writer - following Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell - to contribute to Future Library, a public artwork based in Norway spanning a hundred years. Sjon lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. Victoria Cribb has translated more than twenty-five books by Icelandic authors. Her translation of Moonstone was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and the PEN America Translation Prize in 2016. In 2017 she received the Ordstir honorary translation award for services to Icelandic literature.

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