The Blue Fox
Author: Sjón; Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
Named one The 50 Best Fantasy Books of All Time by Esquire
Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic world's highest literary honor— Sjón's
The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.
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.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In The News
“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