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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Swan is a masterful work by one of Iceland's most accomplished novelists and one of its leading fictional innovators. A nine-year old girl is sent to live and work on a country farm to serve her probation for shiplifting, a common form of punishment in Iceland. There, in a powerful, unchanging landscape, she experiences a community torn between ancient tradition and ne ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Mare's Nest (first published 1991)
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Renée Damstra
Lovely writing. I don´t see why there aren´t more books translated in English or Dutch and I find it a pity.

The story is well described through the eyes of the young girl, sometimes disturbing but not just to provoke. The book has a surreal feel to it but still it never becomes incomprehensible, I can still get into all the thoughts of the girl and the things happening except maybe the end.
I can also feel a bit of Iceland through the book. A strange but fascinating book that will stay with me.
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Carolyn
A beautiful but disturbing book seen through the eyes of an imaginitive and very unusual child. The closely observed and poetically described responses to nature transform this novel into a work of art. While there are some passages that are difficult to read for their cruelty or even repulsiveness, the window we have into the girl's soul is transformative.
Abi
A lot odder than I was expecting. A very interesting book that I think I need to reflect on more before I can review it properly. I see that the Goodreads description describes the ending as 'almost surreal'. The 'almost' is misleading there.
Ffiamma
troppa metafora, troppa allegoria, troppe suggestioni in questo romanzo di formazione ambientato nella campagna islandese. ho desiderato a lungo di leggerlo e, quando me lo sono ritrovato tra le mani, ho scoperto di non avere la chiave giusta per entrarci dentro. peccato, per me il cigno non ha spiccato il volo.
[ma un grazie all'amica claudia che l'ha scovato e me l'ha regalato]
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Gunnar Hjalmarsson
Guðbergur Bergsson er bestur en þessi er ekkert svo spes.
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Guðbergur qualified as a teacher from the Iceland University of Education in 1955, went to Spain for further studies and graduated in Spanish, Literature and Art History from the University of Barcelona in 1958. Since then he has spent much of his time in Spain.
His first books, the novel Músin sem læðist (The Mouse That Creeps) and the poetry collection Endurtekin orð (Repeated Words), appeared in
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Tómas Jónsson: Metsölubók Músin sem læðist Hjartað býr enn í helli sínum Lömuðu kennslukonurnar Eins og steinn sem hafið fágar

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