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Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night

Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night

“Sometimes, in small places, life becomes bigger”

Sometimes a distance from the noise of the world opens our hearts, our senses, our dreams. An intensity of feelings erupts from the life of a village of four hundred souls in the Icelandic countryside, where the infinite light of summer makes its inhabitants want to explore, and the eternal night of winter lights up the magic of the stars. It becomes a microcosm of the eternal conflict between human desire and destiny, between the limits of reality and the wings of the imagination.

The director who immerses himself in Latin and astronomy to the point of abandoning everything for the secrets of the universe, the greedy postman who reads every letter and then publicizes the villagers’ private affairs, the lawyer who believes that the world is based on calculus, but then discovers that he cannot count the fish in the sea or his own tears.

With the enchantment of poetry, and full of humour and tenderness for human weaknesses, Stefánsson explores the question of why we live at all, and at the same time immerses us fully in the river of life.

Translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Fiction In Translation

On Sale: 5th March 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780857059758


Stefánsson's prose rolls and surges with oceanic splendour.
Boyd Tonkin, Spectator
Stefánsson shares the elemental grandeur of Cormac McCarthy
Eileen Battersby, Times Literary Supplement
Powerful and sparkling . . . Prize-winning translator Philip Roughton's feather-light touch brings out the gleaming, fairy-tale quality of the writing
Irish Times, Nora O'Mahony
A wonderful, exceptional writer . . . A timeless storyteller
Carsten Jensen