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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (7 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184659037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846590375
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Every now and then a writer changes the whole map of literature inside my head. 'The most recent has been the Icelander Sjón, whose work is unlike anything I had read, and very exciting ... I think of Icelanders as erudite, singular, tough, and uncompromising. Sjón is all these things, but he is also quicksilver, playful and surreal ... [Sjón] has changed the way I see things.' --A.S. Byatt, The New York Review of Books


'...in this beautiful, tiny book, Sjón has produced the literary equivalent of a snowflake, a hundred page riff on the literature, landscape and history of Iceland which reads more like an epic poem, albeit with one striking piece of modernity thrown in.' --Sarah Hesketh, Ready Steady Book

A nearly perfect modern myth. --Wall Street Journal

'The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail...Comic and lyrical.' --A.S. Byatt, The Times

'...in this beautiful, tiny book, Sjón has produced the literary equivalent of a snowflake, a hundred page riff on the literature, landscape and history of Iceland which reads more like an epic poem, albeit with one striking piece of modernity thrown in.' --Sarah Hesketh, Ready Steady Book

A nearly perfect modern myth. --Wall Street Journal
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'The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail...Comic and lyrical.' --A.S. Byatt, The Times

A nearly perfect modern myth --Wall Street Journal

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The year is 1883. The stark Icelandic winter landscape is the backdrop. We follow the priest, Skugga-Baldur, on his hunt for the enigmatic blue fox. We're then transported to the world of the naturalist Friethrik B. Friethriksson and his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down's syndrome, and who came to his rescue when he was on the verge of disaster. Then to a shipwreck off the Icelandic coast in the spring of 1868. The fates of Friethrik, Abba and Baldur are intrinsically bound and unravelled in this spellbinding book that is part thriller, part fairy tale.

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