> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446485354
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192
Categories:

The Atom Station




Keynote/Publisher's Comment'Laxness has been hailed as Iceland's John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis and Upton Sinclair combined. His is a significant voice in world literature' Magnus Magnusson

When the Americans make an offer to buy land in Iceland to build a NATO airbase after World War II, a storm of protest if provoked throughout the country. The airbase provides Laxness with the catalyst for his astonishing and powerful satire. Narrated by a country girl from the north, the novel follows her experiences after she takes up employment as a maid in the house of her Member of Parliament. Marvelling at the customs and behaviour of the people around her, she emerges as the one obstinate reality in a world of unreality. Her observations and experiences expose the bourgeois society of the south as rootless and shallow and in stark contrast to the age-old culture of the solid and less fanciful north. A witty and moving satire on politics and politicians, Communists and anti- Communists, phoney culture fiends, big business and all the pretensions of authority, Laxness' masterpiece of social commentary is as relevant today as when it was written in 1948.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446485354
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Halldor Laxness

Halldor Laxness (1908 - 98) was born near Reykjavik, Iceland. His first novel was published when he was seventeen. The undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction and one of the outstanding novelists of the twentieth-century, he wrote more than sixty books. Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

Also by Halldor Laxness

See all

Related titles