Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was: A Novel (Paperback)

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By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
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Sjon's most daring and accessible work yet, an award-winning novel from Iceland's freshest cultural export

Reykjavik, 1918. Katla, the large volcano in southern Iceland, is erupting, turning the sky over the city into a crimson light show, night and day.

Reykjavik is homogeneous and isolated. It seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which has ravaged Europe, Asia, and North America, and is now lapping up on Iceland's shores. If the flu isn t enough, there's always the threat that the Great War will spread north. Yet for all this seclusion and uncertainty, the outside world has managed one major incursion: cinema.

Here, young Mani Steinn can escape from the apocalyptic threats around him. But now, at his city's hour of greatest need, he must decide whether he should retreat completely into this imaginary flickering world or if he should engage with the culture that has so soundly rejected him. Mani Steinn is queer in a society where the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. He is a young man on the fringes of a society that is itself at the fringes of the world at a moment when that world seems intent on destroying itself. What should he become?

The mind-bending miniature historical epic is Sjon's specialty, and Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was is no exception his most grounded and heartfelt work yet, a virtuosic performance by a major writer at the top of his form.

About the Author

Sjon is the author of, among other works, The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale, and The Whispering Muse. Born in Reykjavik in 1962, he is an award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright, and his novels have been translated into thirty-five languages. Alongside his work as a writer, Sjon has taken part in a wide range of art exhibitions and music events. His longtime collaboration with the Icelandic singer Bjork led to an Oscar nomination for his lyrics for the Lars von Trier movie Dancer in the Dark. He lives in Reykjavik.Victoria Cribb has spent the last twenty-five years immersed in Iceland's language and literature. After reading Old Icelandic at Cambridge, she took an MA in Scandinavian Studies at University College London and a BPhil in Icelandic at the University of Iceland, before working in Iceland for a number of years as a publisher, journalist, and translator. Since 2002 she has lived in London, working as a freelance translator, and currently also teaches Icelandic at University College London and in Cambridge. Her translations include The Blue Fox by Sjon and three novels in collaboration with Olaf Olafsson, as well as countless other works of fiction and nonfiction, published in books, anthologies, and magazines.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374536923
ISBN-10: 0374536929
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 156
Language: English