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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Open Letter; Reprint edition (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934824135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934824139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,406,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" ... [The] quiet intransigence makes The Ambassador far more than a corrosive joke aimed at literary pretension or a sen-up of middle-aged mediocrity. Rather, it;s an elusive, almost fabulistic study of the endlessly interesting question of character and of the representativeness of our deeds. Happy in the regional literature with such pervasive envoys."Sam Munson, The National

Praise for The Pets by Bragi Ólafsson

"Dark, strange, elusive, compelling, and oddly charming. . . . Ólafsson's English-language debut is part Beckettian or even Kafkaesque black comedy, part existentialist novel in the Paul Auster mode, and part locked-room mystery."―Kirkus Reviews

"The best short novel I've read this year. . . . Small, dark, and hard to put down, The Pets may be a classic in the literature of small enclosed spaces, a distinguished genre that includes "The Metamorphosis," No Exit, and a fair amount of Beckett." ―Paul LaFarge

"Dark, scary, and unbelievably funny. . . . How long do we have to wait for English versions of Ólafsson's other books?"―Los Angeles Times

"Delightfully funny and unexpectedly complex, The Pets introduces American readers to a fresh voice and perspective."―L Magazine

"An artful mystery about dead animals, mundane objects, and disobedient

About the Author

Bragi Ólafsson is most well known for playing in The Sugarcubes. He is the author of several books of poetry, a number of plays, and five novels. His works have been finalists for the Icelandic Literature Prize and Nordic Literature Prize, and he has received the Icelandic Bookseller's Award.

Lytton Smith is a poet and translator, and a founding member of Blind Tiger Poetry. His book, The All-Purpose Magical Tent was published by Nightboat. His poems and reviews have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, The Believer, and Boston Review.

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