The Whispering Muse by Sjón
A Novel

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For those interested in retellings of Greek mythology, such episodes as this one...will make The Whispering Muse essential reading.
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Already celebrated far beyond his native Iceland, the novels of Sjón arrive on waves of praise from writers, critics, and readers worldwide. Sjón has won countless international awards and earned ringing comparisons to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland's other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. The Whispering Muse is his masterpiece so far.
The year is 1949 and Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander with elevated ideas about the influence of fish consumption on Nordic civilization, has had the extraordinary good fortune to be invited to join a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea. Among the crew is the mythical hero Caeneus, disguised as the second mate. Every evening after dinner he entrances his fellow travelers with the tale of how he sailed with the fabled vessel the Argo on its quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
What unfolds is a slender but masterful, brilliant, and always entertaining novel that ranges deftly from the comic to the mythic as it weaves together tales of antiquity with the modern world in a voice so singular as to seem possessed.

 

About Sjón

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Sjón was born in Reykjavik in 1962. He is an award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright, and his novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. He is the president of the Icelandic PEN Centre and the chairman of the board of Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature. 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 Reykjavik.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 161 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michel Faber on Jun 22 2012

For those interested in retellings of Greek mythology, such episodes as this one...will make The Whispering Muse essential reading.

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