The Journey Home by Olaf Olafur Johann Olafsson; Olafsson

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A lyrical and arresting novel by acclaimed Icelandic writer Olaf Olafsson about one woman's redemptive journey home.

Disa Jonsdottir has managed an inn for years with her companion, Anthony, in the English countryside. Compelled by the demands of time to revisit the village of her childhood, she departs England for her native Iceland. Along the way memories surface-of the rift between her and her mother, of the fate of her German-Jewish lover, of the trauma she experienced while working as a cook in a wealthy household. Skillfully weaving past and present, Olafsson builds toward an emotional climax that renders The Journey Home moving, suspenseful, and unforgettable.


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About Olaf Olafur Johann Olafsson; Olafsson

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Olaf Olafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1962 and studied at Brandeis University, where he received his degree in physics. He is the author of several novels, including Absolution, which was published by Pantheon in 1994. The founder and former president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Inc., Olafsson is now Vice Chairman of Time Warner Digital Media. He lives in New York City.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Native Icelandic author (and now an American executive at Time-Warner) Olafsson’s evocative second novel (following Absolution, 1994) records both a literal homeward return and a journey into the mind, heart, and memories of Asdis (“Disa”) Jonsdottir, an Icelandic woman long resident in England.

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The cool undercurrents of history shiver the surface of this serene fiction set in England and Iceland after WWII. Twenty years after the war, Icelandic migr Adisa (Disa) Jonsdottir is a success

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The Journey Home Olaf Olafsson Faber £9.99, pp304 Buy it at a discount from BOL WITH ITS strong narrative voice and acute observation of nature, The Journey Home immediately presents itself as an exceptional novel.

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Alone, Disa goes home to Iceland and its quasi-racist politics, where she signs on as a cook for the well-to-do Haraldssons, whose troubled adult son has recently returned from Germany under a cloud.

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As she travels home to die, she passes through the stages and key incidents of her life with her faculties intact, describing not only the physical journey of traveling to Iceland but also the emotional one that is stirred up by her return.

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