Christianity at Glacier. Translated from the Icelandic by Magnus Magnusson. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION.
Half title. Orig. black cloth. Blue, pink & green printed d.w., unclipped; a little rubbed at edges, a couple small closed tears, reverse marked. Author signature on titlepage.
Halldór Laxness, 1902-1998, was Iceland’s greatest and most versatile writer; in 1955, his extraordinary talent was recognised, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This late novel concerns a naive young man, despatched by the Bishop of Iceland to a village at the foot of a glacier to determine whether Christianity is still practised there. He (of course!) finds that paganism is rife, and must grapple with questions of authority and humiliation. Christianity at Glacier retains the breathtaking mystical scope of his earlier, more famous works, and was described by Susan Sontag (whose essay ‘A Report on the Journey’ is surely one of the most enthusiastic articles ever written about a novel) as ‘the only novel I know that fits’ into every category of ‘the last century’s perdurable literary achievements, among them science fiction, visionary novel, spoof and sexual turn on’. A deeply inspiring and unusual work; signed copies are uncommon.
Author LAXNESS, Halldór.
Publisher Reykjavik: Helgafell.