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A Raposa Azul

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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 2000)
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Jun 25, 2013 s.penkevich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mike Puma
'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
Aug 16, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, foxes
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
Whitney Atkinson
Hmm. I bought this just because it sounded interesting, and it made me remember why I stopped doing that. The synopsis was better than the book. There were so many characters with different names that it got confusing, the format was discombobulated, it was pretty hard to understand and in general I just didn't understand the cohesiveness or significance of any of the events. I was glad it was short, and even more glad that I was able to finish it quickly. I wouldn't recommend this one unless yo ...more

I was getting worried in my own way. I had finished two books and written reviews for neither, started on a third, was reading test pages from a fourth (view spoiler), and had taken receipt of a fifth (view spoiler) which was dauntingly longer than I had expected - but with the unexpected potential benefit of being able to use it as a foot stool, when in the middle of doing a task that no-one else could do for me I
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
Sep 03, 2013 Salma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Larnacouer  de SH
"Evreni gördüm! Şiirden yapılmış!"

Kuzeyi haliyle soğuğu ve sadeliği sevenlere özellikle hitap edecek, flashback - flashfoward'lı umduğumdan çok daha güzel bir kitaptı Mavi Tilki.

Farklı kültür ve coğrafyalara değinen kitapları zaten seviyorum da, ölmeden önce yapılacaklar listemin ilk sıralarında Kuzey Işıklarını görmek olunca insan kitabı böyle bağrına basmak istiyor cidden.

Bilmiyorum ben çok sevdim ama herkese hitap edeceğini düşünmüyorum.
Helena (Renchi King)
Kraj 19.-og stoljeća,Island,svećenik,djevojčica s Downom,snijeg i Plava lisica.Ima sve elemente da roman bude zanimljiv.Dobitnik vrijedne književne nagrade Nordijskog vijeća i preveden na 33 jezika.
Malo stranica i puno literarne ljepote.Moje preporuke za zimske dane...
Jun 09, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it
Tendo como cenário a gélida e luminosa Islândia da segunda metade do século XIX, assistimos ao desfile de vidas humanas marcadas pela perda, pela salvação, pela temeridade, pelo abandono, pelo horror.


A maior prova do domínio da natureza sobre o homem, é esta permitir que o homem se convença que pode conversar com uma raposa azul sobre electricidade impunemente. O homem pode apanhá-la desprevenida mas no fim, é ela que dele se apodera (ou será o regresso do homem ao seu estado natural?).
Jul 30, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
"U tvom svijetu možda ovo ne bi bila velika vijest, ali ovdje jest: jedna je žena umrla, a jedan je čovjek nestao".

Kratak roman o maloj zajednici sa mjestom radnje negdje na rubu svijeta davne 1883.g. na Islandu.

...jedna žena sa Downovim sindromom, jedan svećenik, lov na rijetku plavu lisicu i puno onog po čemu je Sjon postao drugačiji u pripovijedanju. Sve mi je tek na kraju postalo milije. Preporuka!
Oct 05, 2013 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2013
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
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
Vasco Simões
Aug 27, 2016 Vasco Simões rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pequenino mas concentrado com frases muito bonitas e de grande qualidade. Um romance que te transporta para outro tempo e para outra paisagem. Gostei da onda mística do livro.
Apr 01, 2013 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
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
Sam Quixote
May 21, 2016 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This should be called The Blah Fox because that’s all I felt after reading it: blah!

Set in 1883 Iceland for no reason, a dickhead hunts a rare blue fox in the snow, eventually shooting it. Cut to a different time for no reason and we’re introduced to a dead girl called Abba who had Down’s Syndrome. Then it’s back to the present where the dickhead is covered in snow after his shot caused an avalanche. Mamma mia, what the hell’s the story, my, my, what a crappy novel!

Sjon (you think you’re like
Jan 27, 2012 T. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iceland
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Araz Goran
Feb 26, 2015 Araz Goran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات, أدب
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..
Dec 30, 2015 Sinem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
soğuk doğa ve insan ilişkisi sade ve nettir bence ve bu haliyle çok şey anlatır.
kitap da bu çarpışmayı güzel veriyor, biçim olarak kronolojik bir sırada gitmemesi de olaya başka bir yerden bulmaca havası veriyor. Sonunda da çözülüyor her şey ama sıcaktan değil.
Kuzeyi, sadeliği, soğuğu, boş doğa ve insan hikayelerini sevenlere..
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
Simay Yildiz
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Orijinali, Zimlicious'ta yayınlandı.

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
Jun 26, 2015 Sookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, translated
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
João Carlos
Sep 28, 2015 João Carlos rated it really liked it
Shelves: scandinavian, l2014

Ilustração de Raffi Andrian

“A Raposa Azul” do islandês Sjón, diminutivo de Sigurjón B. Sigurðsson (n. 1962), ganhou o “Nordic Councils Literary Prize” em 2005.

Um romance curto – 107 páginas – repleto de intensidade e magia, numa escrita poética e enigmática, para ouvir ao som da música de Bjork.

“A noite era fria e do tipo mais longo.” (Pág. 19)

“O sol aquece o corpo branco com um crepitar hesitante, pode bem ser o cântico dos pássaros.” (Pág. 23)

“Um pássaro de Verão cantou
Num dia ensolarado:
A fe
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.
Oct 17, 2016 Aviendha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hikaye ilk etapta avcı Peder Baldur Skuggason ve av Mavi Tilki nin etrafında gibi görünsede, değişen zaman dilimi geçişleriyle, yaşanan dönemin koşulları ve hayatın gerçekliklerini farklı bir dille okuyucuya sunuyor. Anlatım ve detaylandırma o kadar başarılı ki, kendinizi İzlanda'nın soğuğunda hissetmemeniz mümkün değil.
(Read again for class, 3.16)

Review, 1.15

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,
"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
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
نادية أحمد

-البادئة أسلوب مشوق
كثرة تفاصيل في الوصف لم تخّل بقافية

-بعض الصفحات كان واضح هنالك خلل ما
في الترجمة من خلال قصور الجُمل
والبادئات الغير ناضجة

-جزء كبير منها مبني على الغموض
للآن قرأت ما يقارب ال كتاب لكن أعترف
بأنّ رواية الثعلب الأزرق يشوبها الغموض جداً
بشكل أو بآخر كانت تعود بي لرواية
(( ميتتان لرجل واحد )) لجورج أمادو تارة
ثم لرواية (( العجوز والبحر )) لآرنست هيمنجواي
تارةً أخرى
حقيقةً لا أعلم وجه الشبه سوى بعض الربكة
والغموض لربما .
تحتاج لدرجة تركيز كبيرة وإلّا ستفقد كل الرواية

-راق لي الحكم العديد
Aug 18, 2013 Jiminyc rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2015 Selin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
"Evreni gördüm! Şiirlerden yapılmış!"
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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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“I have seen the universe! It is made of poems!” 29 likes
“In the halls of heaven it was now dark enough for the Aurora Borealis sisters to begin their lively dance of the veils. With an enchanting play of colors they flitted light and quick about the great stage of the heavens, in fluttering golden dresses, their tumbling pearl necklaces scattering here and there in their wild caperings.” 5 likes
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