The Whispering Muse

The Whispering Muse

Book - 2013 | 1st American ed.
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Already celebrated far beyond his native Iceland, the novels of Sj#65533;n arrive on waves of praise from writers, critics, and readers worldwide. Sj#65533;n has won countless international awards and earned ringing comparisons to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland's other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halld#65533;r Laxness. The Whispering Muse is his masterpiece so far.
The year is 1949 and Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander with elevated ideas about the influence of fish consumption on Nordic civilization, has had the extraordinary good fortune to be invited to join a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea. Among the crew is the mythical hero Caeneus, disguised as the second mate. Every evening after dinner he entrances his fellow travelers with the tale of how he sailed with the fabled vessel the Argo on its quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
What unfolds is a slender but masterful, brilliant, and always entertaining novel that ranges deftly from the comic to the mythic as it weaves together tales of antiquity with the modern world in a voice so singular as to seem possessed.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374289072
Branch Call Number: FIC SJON
Characteristics: 143 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cribb, Victoria


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Aug 30, 2014

By modern standards, Icelandic literature is different, using myth and magic realism to great effect. This book has Greek heroes and plausible characters rubbing shoulders together. Well worth reading.

Aug 14, 2013

Disappointing. Held promise, but contrived ending felt empty.


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