The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat and Other Stories from the North (Paperback)

By SJÓN (Editor), Ted Hodgkinson (Editor), Various (Translated by)

Pushkin Press, 9781782273820, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

List Price: 15.95*
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The best fiction from across the Nordic region, selected and introduced by Sjon - Iceland's internationally renowned writer.

This exquisite anthology collects together the very best fiction from across the Nordic region. Travelling from cosmopolitan Stockholm to the remote Faroe Islands, and from Denmark to Greenland, this unique and compelling volume displays the thrilling diversity of writing from these northern nations.

Selected and introduced by Sjon, The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat includes both notable authors and exciting new discoveries. As well as an essential selection of the best contemporary storytelling from the Nordic countries, it's also a fascinating portrait of contemporary life across the region. The perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter's evening.

About the Author

Born in Reykjavik in 1962, Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic novelist and poet. He is the author of the prizewinning novels The Blue Fox, From The Mouth Of The Whale and Moonstone - The Boy Who Never Was. He has published nine poetry collections, written four opera librettos 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.

Ted Hodgkinson is a broadcaster, editor, critic, writer and Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre, Europe's largest arts centre.

Praise For The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat and Other Stories from the North

"What this anthology does so brilliantly is to bring the Nordic region to life in a way that deepens and distinguishes it from the clichés most people will know." - Guardian

"A fascinating look into other lives, other traditions and other ways of storytelling." - Red

"Impressively broad... Thanks to such a rich chorus of voices, you will come away from this collection with a host of new perspectives." - The National

"There's a real variety here. It's hard not to get chills, raise smiles and be surprised by the talent on offer. Consider it a teaser trailer for some of your new favourite authors." - Hits the Fan (blog)

"This is a remarkable collection. The editors show both the vigour and variety of the short story form in the North and how, perhaps surprisingly, the sharp air of those high latitudes breathes through them all." -- New Statesman