From the Mouth of the Whale

By Sjon; Victoria Cribb (Translator)
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374159030, 231pp.)

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

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From the Mouth of the Whale is an Icelandic saga for the modern age. The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty, and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn’s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret, and both books and men are burned.
     Sjón introduces us to Jónas Pálmason, a poet and self-taught healer, banished to a barren island for heretical conduct, as he recalls his gift for curing “female maladies,” his exorcism of a walking corpse on the remote Snjáfjöll coast, the frenzied massacre of innocent Basque whalers at the hands of local villagers, and the deaths of three of his children. Pálmason’s story echoes across centuries and cultures, an epic tale that makes us see the world anew.




About the Author


Victoria Cribb has translated several works of modern Icelandic literature, notably novels by Arnaldur Indrioason, Sjon, and Gyroir Eliasson.
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