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  • Published: 10 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781473597761
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Under the Glacier




Darkly funny and surprising novel about superstition and religion in an isolated Icelandic town. With an introduction from Susan Sontag.

'Wildly original, morose, uproarious... It is also one of the funniest books ever written' Susan Sontag

A young emissary of theBishop is sent from Reykjavik to a small town to investigate the whether they are following Christianity: there are rumours that their pastor Jon Jonsson (known as Primus) has not drawn his salary for twenty years, that the church is boarded up and no services held, that the pastor lives with someone who is not his wife, and that he has allowed a corpse to be lodged in the glacier. Instead of burying the dead, he carries them up to the glacier and leaves them there. But once the unnamed emissary arrives, he finds that this negligence counts only as a mild eccentricity in this highly superstitious community, which regards itself as the centre of the world.

Overflowing with farce, mystery, and magic, Under the Glacier is a wonderfully surprising and moving novel from the Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author.

INTRODUCED BY SUSAN SONTAG

  • Published: 10 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781473597761
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Halldor Laxness

Halldór Laxness (Author)
Halldór 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.

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