Graumoos Thor Vilhjálmsson

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Graumoos  by  Thor Vilhjálmsson

Graumoos by Thor Vilhjálmsson
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Justice undone, winner of the 1988 Nordic Prize (the Nordic Booker), brought Thor Vilhjalmsson popular success in Iceland. Born in Edinburgh in 1925, and educated in Iceland, the UK and France, he was previously regarded as an esoteric figure, aMoreJustice undone, winner of the 1988 Nordic Prize (the Nordic Booker), brought Thor Vilhjalmsson popular success in Iceland. Born in Edinburgh in 1925, and educated in Iceland, the UK and France, he was previously regarded as an esoteric figure, a novelist, short-story writer, poet and essayist, the translator of such writers as Malraux, Eco and Allende into Icelandic, and a leading exponent of Icelandic modernism.

In Justice Undone, he turns his attention to a historical event, the trial of half-siblings accused of incest and infanticide. Vilhjalmssons rediscovery of the narrative fervour of Late-Romantism is brilliantly illuminated by his mastery of modernist techniques: the result is an astonishing psychological depth.This Nordic Prize winner for 1988 is a story of incest and infanticide set in the remote hinterlands of 19th-century Iceland.

Vilhjálmssons hallucinatory imagination creates an eerily beautiful vision of things, Icelandic in far-seeing clarity, precision, strangeness. Unique and unforgettable. - Ted Hughes. Based on a true story, Justice Undone is a compelling novel of obsession and aversion. An idealistic young magistrate (a figure inspired by the Whitmanesque Icelandic writer Einar Benediktsson) undertakes his first case. His geographical and emotional journey into bleak, unknown territory, where dream mingles sensuously with the world of the Sagas, tests him to the limit.

A complex, poetic, psychological novel that becomes more rewarding as the reader progresses through it. Booklist



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