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ISBN13: 9780374114459
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“When I need something epic and lyrical I call upon Sjón...The Blue Fox is a magical novel.” Bjork

Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter landscape, the mysterious blue fox is an elusive, enigmatic target for hunters like Baldur Skuggason, a nineteenth-century priest who has profound influence over his rural community and is now seeking to extend his dominion. This time, he gets the fox in his sights, and as soon as he pulls the trigger...

We are pulled into the world of Fridrik B. Fridrikson, a naturalist who lives on the outskirts of the priests territory with his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down syndrome. When Abba was found shackled to the timbers of a ship run aground in 1868, Fridrikson fortuitously came to her rescue. But it seems their luck may have run out.

The fates of these three are intertwined in unexpected, marvelous ways that reveal themselves in spellbinding fashion in a fable that is part mystery, part fairy tale. Winner of the Nordic Councils Literature Prize — the Nordic worlds highest literary honor — Sjón's The Blue Fox is the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.

Review:

"This short novel begins like a fragmented poem as a hunter appears to be losing his grip on reality in the hopes of capturing an elusive blue fox in the snowy, secluded woods: 'Now the man has a chance of lessening the gap between himself and the little fox'; 'Then he did an about-turn and got on all fours, raising his right leg like a dog pissing on a tussock.' The story moves to the days before the hunt, with an eerie tale of a girl found in a ship's hold, and then continues into her eventual legacy. The shifts in chronology — just before, just after — create tension, at once elucidating and perplexing. Agent: Trine Licht, Licht & Burr (Denmark)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Enchantingly poetic... Spellbinding... Magical... Exceptional. In addition, there are elements in this novella which will require the loose descriptive 'thriller' too.” The Independent

Review:

The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail.” A. S. Byatt, The Times (London)

Synopsis:

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 hunters 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 Sjóns slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic worlds highest literary honor—The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.

Synopsis:

“When I need something epic and lyrical I call upon Sjón . . . The Blue Fox is a magical novel.” —Björk

Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter landscape, the mysterious blue fox is an elusive, enigmatic target for hunters like Baldur Skuggason, a nineteenth-century priest who has profound influence over his rural community and is now seeking to extend his dominion. This time, he gets the fox in his sights, and as soon as he pulls the trigger . . .

     We are pulled into the world of Fridrik B. Fridrikson, a naturalist who lives on the outskirts of the priests territory with his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down syndrome. When Abba was found shackled to the timbers of a ship run aground in 1868, Fridrikson fortuitously came to her rescue. But it seems their luck may have run out.

     The fates of these three are intertwined in unexpected, marvelous ways that reveal themselves in spellbinding fashion in a fable that is part mystery, part fairy tale. Winner of the Nordic Councils Literature Prize—the Nordic worlds highest literary honor—Sjóns The Blue Fox is the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.

About the Author

Sjón was born in Reykjavik in 1962. He is an award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright, and his novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. He is the president of the Icelandic PEN Centre and the chairman of the board of Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature. Also a lyricist, he has written songs for Björk, including for her most recent project, Biophilia, and was nominated for an Oscar for the lyrics he cowrote (with Lars von Trier) for Dancer in the Dark. He lives in Reykjavik.

FSG is publishing Sjón's novels The Blue Fox and From the Mouth of the Whale in paperback alongside the hardcover publication of The Whispering Muse.

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The mysterious she, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by The mysterious she)
This small book was a fun find at Powells. An interesting thought provoking story!
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This book is beautiful. I was worried that it would be too magical, too lyrical, too metaphorical to easily understand, but though it is all of those things it is still fairly straightforward. Perfect book to drink strong coffee and lose yourself in.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374114459
Author:
Sjon
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Cribb, Victoria
Author:
Sj N.
Author:
Sj N.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 1 lb

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Product details 128 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux - English 9780374114459 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This short novel begins like a fragmented poem as a hunter appears to be losing his grip on reality in the hopes of capturing an elusive blue fox in the snowy, secluded woods: 'Now the man has a chance of lessening the gap between himself and the little fox'; 'Then he did an about-turn and got on all fours, raising his right leg like a dog pissing on a tussock.' The story moves to the days before the hunt, with an eerie tale of a girl found in a ship's hold, and then continues into her eventual legacy. The shifts in chronology — just before, just after — create tension, at once elucidating and perplexing. Agent: Trine Licht, Licht & Burr (Denmark)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Enchantingly poetic... Spellbinding... Magical... Exceptional. In addition, there are elements in this novella which will require the loose descriptive 'thriller' too.”
"Review" by , The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail.”
"Synopsis" by , 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 hunters 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 Sjóns slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic worlds highest literary honor—The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.
"Synopsis" by , “When I need something epic and lyrical I call upon Sjón . . . The Blue Fox is a magical novel.” —Björk

Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter landscape, the mysterious blue fox is an elusive, enigmatic target for hunters like Baldur Skuggason, a nineteenth-century priest who has profound influence over his rural community and is now seeking to extend his dominion. This time, he gets the fox in his sights, and as soon as he pulls the trigger . . .

     We are pulled into the world of Fridrik B. Fridrikson, a naturalist who lives on the outskirts of the priests territory with his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down syndrome. When Abba was found shackled to the timbers of a ship run aground in 1868, Fridrikson fortuitously came to her rescue. But it seems their luck may have run out.

     The fates of these three are intertwined in unexpected, marvelous ways that reveal themselves in spellbinding fashion in a fable that is part mystery, part fairy tale. Winner of the Nordic Councils Literature Prize—the Nordic worlds highest literary honor—Sjóns The Blue Fox is the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.

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