The Blue Fox (Paperback)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374114459, 128pp.
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest. At the edge of the hunter's territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. By the end of Sjón's slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic world's highest literary honor—The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.
About the Author
Born in Reykjavik in 1962, Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic author. He won the Nordic Council's Literary Prize for his novel The Blue Fox (the Nordic countries' equivalent of the Man Booker Prize) and the novel From The Mouth Of The Whale was shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The novel Moonstone – The Boy Who Never Was received every literary prize in Iceland, including the coveted Icelandic Literary Price. His latest work CoDex 1962, a novel in three books written over 25 years, was published in Iceland in 2016 to great acclaim and is due in several languages. It will be published in the US and Canada by MCD x FSG books in September 2018. As a poet, librettist and lyricist, Sjón has published nine poetry collections, written four opera libretti and lyrics for various artists. In 2001 he was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in the film Dancer In The Dark. Sjón's novels have been published in thirty five languages. He is the president of Icelandic PEN and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two children.
Praise For The Blue Fox: A Novel…
“When I need something epic and lyrical I call upon Sjón . . . The Blue Fox is a magical novel.” —Björk
“The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail . . . Comic and lyrical.” —A. S. Byatt, The Times (London)
“Enchantingly poetic . . . Spellbinding . . . Magical . . . Exceptional . . . Require[s] that one use the loose descriptive ‘thriller' too.” —Nuruddin Farah, The Independent
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