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A Raposa Azul

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  2,207 ratings  ·  328 reviews
O ano é 1883. A fria e irreal paisagem do Inverno islandês é o pano de fundo. Seguimos o padre, Baldur Skuggason, na sua perseguição à enigmática raposa azul. E no momento em que o padre prime o gatilho somos transportados para o mundo do naturalista Fridrik B. Fridriksson e da sua protegida, Abba, que sofre da síndrome de Down. Quando ela foi encontrada acorrentada às vig ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 2010 by Cavalo de Ferro (first published January 1st 2000)
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'I have seen the universe, it is made of poems.'

All things change—nothing perishes.’ – Ovid

It always astonishes me when a book can create a vast amount of power and meaning out of such little story and length. Set amid the snow and ice of an Icelandic winter, Sjón’s The Blue Fox, winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize, is as still and quiet as a coffin yet holds a horrific truth inside. Sjón masterfully laces two stories together, one of Reverend Baldur’s fateful hunt for a blue fox
A Self-Righteous Aside
Searching for images of a Blue Fox is disturbing. Here is a non-disturbing picture:

but for just about every photo of fox in the wild, there is a creepy drawing of cartoonish blue vixen with big boobs, or even worse pictures of fattened and depressed looking foxes being kept in cages awaiting their murder for their fur, dead foxes having been killed for their fur, or well the end result of their murder. Now murder might be a harsh word, and some people believe fur is right t
This Icelandic novella set in the late 19th century, is part historical fiction, part folktale or fantasy (that blue fox does some amazing things), part morality tale in recounting a two-fold story of the Reverend-hunter and Herbalist Fridrik. Also integral is Abba, or Hafdis, a young woman with Downs, who lives with Fridrik. Their story is the warm heart of this tale.

There is also some beautiful, and sometimes humorous, prose.

The night was cold and of the longer variety. (p 14)

The rim of daylig
بعيدا مع الثعلب الأزرق!ه

في سهوب آيسلاندا القاسية و المكسوة بثلوج شتاء قاتم، كان هناك صياد يلاحق ثعلبة زرقاء...ه
بينما في قرية آيسلاندية عشّاب يقوم بتحضير جنازة لفتاة مصابة ببلاهة منغولية كان يرعاها مذ عـُـثر عليها مقيدة قبل سنين في سفينة ضخمة مهجورة جنحت للشاطئ ذات عاصفة...ه
هاتان القصتان المنفصلتان تتداخلان و تسيران جنبا إلى جنب في سرد مشوق لا يخلو من ظرف... و يتمازج الواقعي مع الخرافي لتجتمعا أخيرا في نهاية واحدة...ه
الثعلب الأزرق رواية ساحرة غريبة تحملك إلى أعماق الحياة في آيسلاندا القرن التاسع
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This book is a wonderful intersection of old mystical legends and slowly creeping modernization. On one hand there is a discussion about getting electricity into the village and on the other, there is a pastor who is obsessively hunting for the legendary and possibly magical blue fox. With shifting perspective between the idyllic Icelandic village life and the hunt, Sjon juxtaposes magical realism and reality in a striking fashion.

The snow, sun and the Scandinavian landscape plays host to funer
There are short novels that are perfect in their shortness. Of Mice and Men, We Have Always Lived in the Castle: the top contenders for perfect short novel.

This is a good short novel that could be a perfect long novel. In fact, it's a short story masquerading as a novel which should be a long novel which could be perfect.

The Blue Fox begins with a deceptively simple mini-story (the word "fable" here is almost unavoidable) of a hunter on the trail of a mythical, possibly magical, blue fox. Then t
I was toying with giving this novel a four star rating, but further thought brought it down to a three. Enchanting as it is poetic — even if in a darkly fashion — Sjón is exquisite in both his writing and style. I did not expect such a superb, thrilling read. From the beginning I was hooked by the intensity of scenes due to the sheer focus on detail and the craft of such isolated happenings in an incredibly affective way. I commend the author for such an enrapturing ride and the ability to creat ...more
Araz Goran
أعجبتني أجواء الرواية والغموض الذي يسري في كلماتها وتفاصيلها.. رواية تنبض بالتشويق والغموض،، كما أنها لاتخلو من رؤى فلسفية وبعض الخرافات التي كانت بمثابة حجر الاساس التي بنيت عليه الرواية..
لا يمكنك ان تستمتع بالرواية أذا لم تصب تركيزك فيه وتغوص في أجواء الجبال الايسلندية والثلوج المتساقطة والاجواء الباردة والكهوف المظلمة..
العيش في جو الرواية هو ما يتطلبه لكي تفهم الرواية وإلا ستجد انها مملة وبلا أي هدف أو معنى..
Simay Yildiz
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I slip right into dreamland even by just thinking about taking a walk under the Aurora Borealis lights… For The Blue Fox’s protagonist Peter Baldur Skuggason, on the other hand, this isn’t enough probably because he is a hunter, and he is after a blue fox which is considered a “mysterious and valuable being.”

I should warn you right away that you SHALL NOT throw this book to the side by saying, “this is going wayyyyy
it's curious the ways in which a novel that doesn't otherwise astound us can still have more of a lingering effect than those that so effortlessly do. sjón's the blue fox (skugga-baldur) is a novella set in late 19th century iceland concerning the fates of three individuals (or four, if you count that of the eponymous canine). as an icelandic novelist and poet, it is nearly inevitable that sjón would garner comparisons to nobel laureate and countryman halldór laxness, given that he is one of but ...more
3.5 rounded down to 3 (because I'm cruel). The Blue Fox is precious, almost off-puttingly so, but what redeems it is teeth. Like Björk, for whom the author has written songs, this novella is cute and violent. The Icelandic stereotype of small, dreamy and stabby is in full effect here.
I read this for a book club. The descriptive brutality and the ugliness of the main character prevented me from enjoying the book. The one interesting character dies before we get to experience her. Description on the book cover states it's part mystery, part fairy tale. There was no mystery here, and the ending wrap-up I found odd and unsatisfying. Fairy tale I can see, but not the sort you'd want your children to read. The vast majority of readers seem to love love love this book but it wasn't ...more
Matt Carl
Very short book, more of a short story than a novel. there is a central story, which is interesting, but it's sandwiched in a surreal, poetic account of a hunter going after a rare blue fox. I guess it would be called magic realism, and it's just not my thing. I would have liked the story better without that element. I almost wonder if it's based on some bit of Icelandic lore I'm missing. This was the first book translated from Icelandic I have ever read. I'll be honest, I did not even know Icel ...more
Sept 2011
It may have the cutest cover of any book I've read as an adult, be described as a "fairy tale", with a recommendation from Bjork, but this story is far from twee.

The original Icelandic title is "Skugga-Baldur", also the name of one of the central characters - not a nice man - whom we first meet as he hunts the blue fox. The harshness of that sound, and the use of his name as the title, far better reflects the tale and its brutal environment. This is not "The Snow Goose" featuring a rare
"Blue foxes are so curiously like stones that it is a matter for wonder."

Sjón's mythical masterpiece weaves together two stories that take place over a few short midwinter days in Iceland in 1883. At the start of the book we follow the priest, Baldur Skuggason, as he hunts a blue fox across frozen landscapes. The first 30 or so pages are as sparse as the midwinter landscape they depict, sometimes only a handful of sentences occupy the page, but their poetic brilliance just intensifies the proces
In 1883 a lot of interesting things happened. Krakatoa exploded. Marx died, Kafka was born. Van Gogh churned out dozens of masterpieces. Paulina Starr became the first woman dentist in Chile. In this book though, we encounter a grand allegory: in Iceland, an evil priest kills a fox and has mystic visions while trapped in an avalanche. Apparently patriarchal western culture desperately needed another kick in the shins and Sjon was the man brave enough to rise to the challenge. Another gem of the ...more
Asma Fedosia
Oct 07, 2014 Asma Fedosia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy; Icelandic fiction/fable
A novella combining fantasy and realism set in wintry Iceland. Also, part literary fiction about some truths of human nature and society and part genre with a talking blue fox and a simpler story of an Icelandic community set amid Iceland's snowy wilderness. Some of it is darkly comic (the Reverend) and even anticlerical; another part is warm (the herbalist Fridrik & the Down syndrome woman Hafdís) and enriching to the soul. The story garnered a Nordic Council's Literature Prize as well as r ...more
This book has been sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, for ages. I started it awhile ago and then realized I just wasn't in the right place for it. So I set it down and hadn't gotten around to trying it again, until last night when someone wrote and asked me for a recommendation of Icelandic books in translation that a twelve year old might like. Remembering the short 'chaplets' in this one, I thought I'd skim it to see if it would work (it wouldn't, btw). Then my skimming turned to reading ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Between reading this novel and writing this review, I listened to this great interview with Sjón on the CBC website. It illuminated some of the little bits in the novel, such as the theme of the goodness of nature and the magical powers of poetry.

This is a very short read, told in three parts, set in Iceland in 1883. The first happens chronologically after the second, but introduces the blue fox and the reverend. The second introduces Herb-Fridrik and Hafdís and the startling history of infanti
"All things change -- nothing perishes."

Instantly I was thrown into an action-packed pursuit of a blue fox, known only as "the vixen," by a hunter, during an Icelandic snow storm. It did not take long for me to realize who was the smarter of the two. It is only when the hunter becomes the fox that he is able to trick and outsmart like the fox.

Because this book is set in Iceland in the 1880s, I was introduced to characters of a completely different caliber than I have ever read.

Fridrik, the farm
Reverend Baldur hunts a beguiling blue fox. Fridrik, a naturalist, faces the loss of Abba, a young woman in his care. These stories weave together in a not wholly unforeseen way in this icy, poetic novella by Icelandic writer, Sjón, relayed in four intersecting movements.

Not sure I'd call it a fairy tale as others have, but it does tread into fable/parable territory. I can't help but feel like I'm missing out on some references as a non-native, but ultimately, it's Sjón's cutting prose that stea
هوووووووووو !هووووو! هوووووووو!

آوووووه آيسلندا عالم غريب مختلف لأول مره اقرأ لاحد من ادباءها

يسقط في يدي الارض
الجميع ينمو يكبر ويهترئ
الجسد سيصير غباراً ومع ذلك نزينه!!

مركز تحميل الصور

هووووو! هووووو! هووو!

علقت معي هالصرخات واضحكتني هههههههههه

على مدى بضعة ايام في منتصف شتاء ايسلندا القصير من عام 1883 طارد القس بلدور ثعلب أزرق
عبر مناظر آيسلندا الطبيعية المجمدة وبين حكاية الصياد والمطاردة ثمة تداخل من جهة اخرى بقصة أبا المصابة بمتلازمة داون
تتداخل الحكايتان فتارة تلتقيان وتارة تنفصلان فتشعر ان ثمة تفكك في الرواية فت
The Blue Fox is a great short story (despite being marketed as a novel). Sjon grabs your attention on page 1 and keeps it for the full hour it takes to read the story. The sequence of events is broken up much like a film noir murder mystery with an exciting opening scene, followed by a long second act back-story that circles around and reveals what the opening was really about. Clever and engaging and worth the read.

One complaint, however, is that even though this is printed as 115 pages, it is
For such a compact, quick story it's terrific how deeply The Blue Fox pulls you into its world — the descriptions and details, from characters to landscape, are so precise and evocative. The story itself is simple, at first glance, but woven with mythic intimations of transformation and revenge that kept me engrossed and alert. There's a degree to which I know I missed elements of the story, though, because while I think I picked up on a couple of particular references to Iceland lore and litera ...more
Heather Noble
The beauty of the blue fox contrasts the ugly character of the priest who hunts her.
The magic and grandeur of the landscape destroys the self serving, avaricious, self righteous Baldur Skuggason.
The quiet kindness and sympathy in the story of Abba, the Down's syndrome child who grows into a woman cared for by the naturalist Fridrik and unknowingly loved by the priest's servant shame the empty ritualistic religion of the Reverend Baldur Skuggason who will not even let Abba in his church.
The stor
The translation's a little clunky at times, but this is a moving and confident old-school moral fable. Isak Dinesen would have loved it.
Charles Dee Mitchell
A fine book for anyone who appreciates a good tale well told. At first I worried that Sjon's pared-down prose would slip into peciosity, but he spins a sly story that evokes both the most primitive and brutal aspects of 19th century Icelandic life and its surprising interactions with cosmopolitan European society. I am not one for magical realism, but this is a story where a dying, loutish parish priest should absolutely engage a dead fox in a theological debate on the evils of electricity. Over ...more
Cenhner Scott
Lógicamente, cuando leo libros en inglés me tardo mucho más que con los libros en español.
Sin embargo, "The Blue Fox" se lee rápido. Tiene unas cuantas palabras que tenés que agarrar el diccionario para saber qué significan (yo aprendí, por ejemplo, la palabra "eejit"), pero no son tan importantes como para perder el centro de la historia.
La novela cuenta dos historias, las dos ambientadas en un pueblo de Islandia a fines del siglo XIX. La primera historia es la de un cura que va a cazar un zorr
Jim Razinha
I'm not normally given to being moved by books, and certainly almost never by a single sentence, but Sjón strums a chord with:
“I have seen the universe! It is made of poems!”

I saw this title in my Goodreads feed, and wanting a temporary respite from some heady stuff, I indulged myself in a cultural diversion. I'd hoped for a brief glimpse into Icelandic culture, and received an odd and lightly informative story to add to the small amount I already knew of Iceland. And despite its oddness, it was
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Sjón (Sigurjón B. Sigurðsson) was born in Reykjavik on the 27th of August, 1962. He started his writing career early, publishing his first book of poetry, Sýnir (Visions), in 1978. Sjón was a founding member of the surrealist group, Medúsa, and soon became significant in Reykjavik's cultural landscape.
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“Fridrik sat many a night by a smoking lamp, translating into Danish descriptions of the latest methods of keeping us poor humans alive, while on pallets around him lay the corpses, beyond any aid, despite the encouraging news of advances in electrical cures.” 1 likes
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