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Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness’s Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. At its outset, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Snaefells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead. But once he arrives, the emissary finds that this dereliction counts only as a mild eccentricity in a community that regards itself as the center of the world and where Creation itself is a work in progress.

What is the emissary to make, for example, of the boarded-up church? What about the mysterious building that has sprung up alongside it? Or the fact that Pastor Primus spends most of his time shoeing horses? Or that his wife, Ua (pronounced "ooh-a," which is what men invariably sputter upon seeing her), is rumored never to have bathed, eaten, or slept? Piling improbability on top of improbability, Under the Glacier overflows with comedy both wild and deadpan as it conjures a phantasmagoria as beguiling as it is profound.

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"One of the world's most unusual, skilled and visionary novelists." Jane Smiley

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"Laxness is a beacon in twentieth-century literature, a writer of splendid originality, wit, and feeling." Alice Munro

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"The qualities of the sagas pervade his writing, and particularly a kind of humor — oblique, stylized and childlike — that can be found in no other contemporary writer." The Atlantic Monthly

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"Readers familiar with Laxness's earlier works shouldn't overlook this fascinating appendage to them. Those unfamiliar might do better to begin with Independent People or World Light." Kirkus Reviews

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"A marvelous novel about the most ambitious questions. It is also one of the funniest books ever written..." Susan Sontag, from the Introduction

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Nobel laureate Halldór Laxnesss Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. At its outset, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Sn?fells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead. But once he arrives, the emissary finds that this dereliction counts only as a mild eccentricity in a community that regards itself as the center of the world and where Creation itself is a work in progress.

What is the emissary to make, for example, of the boarded-up church? What about the mysterious building that has sprung up alongside it? Or the fact that Pastor Primus spends most of his time shoeing horses? Or that his wife, Ua (pronounced “ooh-a,” which is what men invariably sputter upon seeing her), is rumored never to have bathed, eaten, or slept? Piling improbability on top of improbability, Under the Glacier overflows with comedy both wild and deadpan as it conjures a phantasmagoria as beguiling as it is profound.

About the Author

Halldór Laxness was born near Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1902. His first novel was published when he was seventeen. The undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction, and one of the outstanding novelists of the century, he wrote more than sixty books, including novels, short stories, essays, poems, plays, and memoirs. In 1955 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Laxness died in 1998.

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Andrew Dolson, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Andrew Dolson)
Years ago, I read The Sagas of the Icelanders, with a preface by Jane Smiley, and they just lodged in my mind. A friend similarly struck recommended Haldor Laxness, and I began, for no particular reason, with Under the Glacier. And there they were, the same laconic Vikings, the same leaden, lowering sky, the same startling juxtaposition of the plain workaday world of rural Iceland with sudden, unexplained elements of the supernatural. Although rather different sorts of writers, I love Laxness' Under the Glacier for some of the same reasons I'm attached to Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400034413
Translator:
Magnusson, Magnus
Introduction:
Susan Sontag
Translator:
Magnusson, Magnus
Author:
Halldor
Author:
Halldor Laxness
Author:
Haldor Laxness Translated by Magnus Magnusson
Author:
Magnusson, Magnus
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International Original
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.98x5.32x.57 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400034413 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the world's most unusual, skilled and visionary novelists."
"Review" by , "Laxness is a beacon in twentieth-century literature, a writer of splendid originality, wit, and feeling."
"Review" by , "The qualities of the sagas pervade his writing, and particularly a kind of humor — oblique, stylized and childlike — that can be found in no other contemporary writer."
"Review" by , "Readers familiar with Laxness's earlier works shouldn't overlook this fascinating appendage to them. Those unfamiliar might do better to begin with Independent People or World Light."
"Review" by , "A marvelous novel about the most ambitious questions. It is also one of the funniest books ever written..."
"Synopsis" by , Nobel laureate Halldór Laxnesss Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. At its outset, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Sn?fells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead. But once he arrives, the emissary finds that this dereliction counts only as a mild eccentricity in a community that regards itself as the center of the world and where Creation itself is a work in progress.

What is the emissary to make, for example, of the boarded-up church? What about the mysterious building that has sprung up alongside it? Or the fact that Pastor Primus spends most of his time shoeing horses? Or that his wife, Ua (pronounced “ooh-a,” which is what men invariably sputter upon seeing her), is rumored never to have bathed, eaten, or slept? Piling improbability on top of improbability, Under the Glacier overflows with comedy both wild and deadpan as it conjures a phantasmagoria as beguiling as it is profound.

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