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The Blue Fox by Sjón
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Sep 12, 2016

it was amazing

Written by the Icelandic author and poet Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, or Sjón, The Blue Fox is just one of Sjón's many works amid a respectable repertoire that includes poetry, children's books, novels, and plays. Among his credits is a lyrical collaboration with fellow Icelander, Björk on the song “I've Seen it All.” A beautifully written and simplistically poignant song, “I've Seen it All” reflects the insight of Sjón’s lyrical voice and the seemingly prophetic power of his first name Sigurjón, meaning “sight” in Icelandic. And, coincidentally, The Blue Fox is one of the most insightful stories ever written.

It begins with a spattering of instances from the view of the Priest and the Blue Fox, the hunter and the hunted, amid the landscape of a harsh Icelandic winter in 1883. So determined to hunt and kill the enigmatic Blue Fox, Priest Baldur Skuggason battles the elements and risks his life, enduring freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and avalanches. The passages alternate between the perspective of the man and the perspective of the Fox, the man determined to have her fur as a trophy and the Fox determined to keep her life.

The Blue Fox is a novella that transcends its small binding and introduces the reader to a refreshingly new take on the ageless war between man and nature. Interwoven with instances of magical realism, the story of Priest Baldur Skuggason and The Blue Fox is a dark Icelandic folktale, revolving around the mysteries of nature and the complexities of man.
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