The Blue Fox

A Novel

Sjón; Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

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Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest. At the edge of the hunter’s territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. By the end of Sjón’s slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic world’s highest literary honor—The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.

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(JANUARY 9–11, 1883)
 
 
Blue foxes are so curiously like stones that it is a matter for wonder. When they lie beside them in winter there is no hope of telling them apart from the rocks themselves; indeed, they’re far trickier than white foxes, which always cast a shadow or look yellow against the snow.
A blue vixen lies tight against her stone, letting the snow drift over her on the windward side. She turns her rump to the weather, curls up, and pokes her snout under her thigh, lowering her eyelids till there’s the merest hint of a pupil.

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“When I need something epic and lyrical I call upon Sjón . . . The Blue Fox is a magical novel.” —Björk

 

The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail . . . Comic and lyrical.” —A. S. Byatt, The Times (London)

 

“Enchantingly poetic . . . Spellbinding . . . Magical . . . Exceptional . . . Require[s] that one use the loose descriptive ‘thriller’ too.” —Nuruddin Farah, The Independent

 


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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Björk Introduces Sjón
Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America, 2013 Dear friends, I’d like to introduce a dear friend of mine, Sjón. I met him first when I was sixteen. With others he had started the first and only surrealist movement in Iceland, a group of six or so members called Medúsa. I was in a punk band at the time.
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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Sjón & Hari Kunzru
Authors in Conversation A heartfelt introduction by Björk is a hard act to follow. But when Sjón and Hari Kunzru took the stage at Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center of America, they pulled out all the stops: David Bowie, the Sex Pis...
- FSG's Work in Progress


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Sjón; Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

Sjón is the author of, among other works, From the Mouth of the Whale and The Whispering Muse. Born in Reykjavík in 1962, he is an award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Also a lyricist, he has written songs for Björk, including for her most recent project, Biophilia, and was nominated for an Oscar for the lyrics he cowrote (with Lars von Trier) for Dancer in the Dark. He lives in Reykjavík.

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The Blue Fox
A Novel
Sjón; Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
April 2013
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ISBN: 9780374114459
ISBN10: 0374114455
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 128 pages
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