Under the Glacier

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A young emissary of the Bishop is sent from Reykjavik to a small town to investigate whether they are following Christianity: there are rumours that their pastor Jon Jonsson (known as Primus) has not drawn his salary for 20 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.

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‘Wildly original, morose, uproarious… It is also one of the funniest books ever written’ Susan Sontag

A naive young man is sent by the bishop of Iceland to investigate a small town that has reportedly lost its faith. The church is boarded up and the errant pastor lives with a woman who is not his wife. He has also allowed a corpse to be lodged in the glacier. So the rumours go.

What he discovers is a community that regards itself as the centre of the world – earthly yet otherworldly, banal yet astonishing. Brimming with humour, mystery, and the supernatural this is a surprising and moving novel from the Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SUSAN SONTAG

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Weight 0.219 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.7 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

839.6934 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K