The Sorrow Of Angels by Jon Kalman StefanssonThe Sorrow Of Angels by Jon Kalman Stefansson

The Sorrow Of Angels

byJon Kalman Stefansson

Hardcover | March 24, 2015

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The Sorrow of Angels is the second novel in an epic and elemental trilogy by the winner of the Icelandic Prize for Literature Jón Kalman Stefánsson, and the follow up to Heaven and Hell (publishing in paperback 3/11/15.) The Sorrow of Angels continues to follow "the boy" who, after suffering a terrible loss at sea, stops at a small Icelandic village that will become his adopted home and his redemption. The book is a part of a trilogy, but as Susan Swarbrick wrote in The Herald Scotland, "If you haven't read Heaven And Hell, the first in Reykjavik-born author Jon Kalman Stefansson's captivating trilogy, that needn't be a deterrent from falling head over heels in love with The Sorrow Of Angels."
It is three weeks since the boy came to town, carrying a book of poetry to return to the old sea captain-the poetry Bár?ur died for. Three weeks, but already Bár?ur's ghost has faded. Snow falls so heavily that it binds heaven and earth together.
As the villagers gather in the inn to drink schnapps and coffee while the boy reads to them from Hamlet, Jens the postman stumbles in half-dead, having almost frozen to his horse. On his next journey to the fjords Jens is accompanied by the boy, and both must risk their lives for each other, and for an unusual item of mail.
The Sorrow of Angels is a timeless and powerful story that evokes the struggle of man against the ferocious majesty of nature. Asked by The Independent what inspired him to write these three novels, Stefánsson named his first visit to the landscape of Iceland's West Fjords. "It was like a punch in the solar plexus . . . The mountains seemed to be saying, 'Why aren't you writing about us?" (Independent, 2013).
Jon Kalman Stefansson is an Icelandic author, born in Reykjavík in 1963. His previous books,Summer Behind the Slope, andOf Tall Trees and Timewere nominated for the Nordic Council's Literary Prize. He won the 2005 Icelandic Literature Prize for his novel,In Summer Light, Enter Night is set in a small village in the west of Iceland wher...
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Title:The Sorrow Of AngelsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:March 24, 2015Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:162365470X

ISBN - 13:9781623654702

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"An excellent translation from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton, who clearly has a deep understanding of the musicality of language . . . What is most striking about the novel is not the story, but the language: simple words are arranged in such a way that they become exquisite. Stefánsson uses lengthy sentences that in another author's hands would be clumsy and unwieldy; but in his unusual prose they become so startlingly beautiful that the reader must pause every few pages to absorb them. His syntax is unconventional in a way that is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy: every paragraph is like a poem."-The Iceland Review