The Whispering Muse

De (autor) Traducere de Victoria Cribb
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"An extraordinary, powerful fable—a marvel."—Alberto Manguel
"Sjón writes like a man under a spell, filled with enchantment and magic and great wit. He is a rogue of the first order."—Keith Donohue
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 singular 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 the Argonauts' quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
Sjón is a celebrated poet, novelist, and songwriter. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, and include From the Mouth of the Whale and The Blue Fox (both Telegram Books). In 2005 Sjón won the Nordic Council Literary Prize, the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize, for The Blue Fox and Best Icelandic Novel for The Whispering Muse. Sjón has written lyrics for Björk, including for her most recent musical project, Biophilia. He lives in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Victoria Cribb lived in Iceland for many years. She now lives in England, where she is completing a PhD in Old Icelandic literature at the University of Cambridge. Her translations include three novels in collaboration with Olaf Olafsson.
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ISBN-13: 9781846591242
ISBN-10: 1846591244
Pagini: 144
Dimensiuni: 127 x 200 x 11 mm
Greutate: 0.14 kg
Editura: Telegram Books
Colecția Telegram Books


Endorsements for 'The Whispering Muse':

"An extraordinary, powerful fable, travel-log, adventure story and metaphysical mystery. A marvel."
Alberto Manguel

"A wonderful tale – The Whispering Muse ties together tales from myth and antiquity with the modern age. Sjón writes like a man under a spell, filled with enchantment and magic and great wit. He is a rogue of the first order." Keith Donohue

"Sly, dry and elegant, with diamond brilliance – Sjón’s The Whispering Muse is a wonderful story about stories, evoking comparisons to Borges, Nabokov and Calvino while remaining completely original. What’s more, it’s a bundle of fun." Christopher Wilson, author of 'Gallimauf's Gospel'

Praise for 'From the Mouth of the Whale':

"Achingly brilliant, an epic made mad, made extraordinary."
Junot Díaz

"Sjón is a poet, and the aesthetic excitement is his own. He is an extraordinary and original writer."
A. S. Byatt, Guardian

"Sjón writes like a madman. His novel is by turns wildly comic and
incandescent, elegant and brittle with the harsh loneliness of a world
turned to winter." Washington Post

"...a work charged with lyrical energy and metaphysical purpose."
Publisher's Weekly

"Beautiful prose, sharp observation of nature, folklore, poetry, grotesque violence, human loss, and outright comic chaos weave in and out of this confidently written novel in which the narrative tone is in perfect pitch with the story being told."
New York Journal of Books

"Hallucinatory, lyrical and by turns comic and tragic – an extraordinary novel." Hari Kunzru