Synopses & Reviews
The Swordfish is ostensibly the story of a summer moment in the lives, fantasies, and sensibilities of Martin, a seven year-old boy, his single mother, and the village headmaster. A senseless murder is committed and it affects Martin most of all. His fertile imagination inspires him to identify with the swordfish, as well as Clint Eastwood and Jesus Christ. With a masterfully light touch, Claus brings his readers into contact with the perplexing matters of loss, truth, religion, desire, and passion. Chosen for the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works.
During the cause of an idyllic summer's day in the country a senseless crime is committed. In its wake, fantasies and passions, desire and loss unite the destinies of the villagers. Most affected is young Martin: his fertile imagination inspires him to identify now with the swordfish—terror of the seas—now with Clint Eastwood, but above all with Jesus Christ.