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The Great Weaver From Kashmir

The Great Weaver From Kashmir by Halldor Laxness
Oct 24, 2008 | 450 Pages
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Laxness is a beacon in twentieth-century literature, a writer of splendid originality, wit, and feeling. —Alice Munro

Science fiction. Table, fable, allegory. Philosophical novel. Dream novel. Visionary novel. Literature of fantasy. Wisdom lit. Spoof. Sexual turn-on. Convention dictates that we slot many of the last centuries¢ perdurable literary achievements into one or another of these categories. The only novel I know that fits into all of them is Halldór Laxness¢s wildly original, morose, uproarious Under the Glacier. —Susan Sontag

More than any other novel I know, Iceland¢s Bell recreates a world Pieter Brueghel would have felt right at home, not merely in its fascination with bumblers (petty thieves, purblind watchmen) and grotesques (faceless lepers, hanging corpses), but also in its unearthly ability to find beauty in a landscape of destitution, wisdom in a congress of fools. —The New York Times Book Review

Laxness brought the Icelandic novel out from the sagas’ shadow…to read Laxness is also to understand why he haunts Iceland—he writes the unearthly prose of a poet cased in the perfection of a shell of plot, wit, and clarity. —The Guardian

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