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Island im Winter 1883. Abba wird zu Grabe getragen, aber nicht sie, sondern Steine liegen im Sarg. Fridrik beerdigt die Leiche lieber im eigenen Garten, als sie Pastor Baldur zu überlassen. Denn der hütet ein dunkles Geheimnis. In einer poetisch klaren Sprache ertastet Sjón den schmalen Grat von Mensch und Natur und entführt uns in eine mythische Zwischenwelt am Rande des ...more
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published 2011 by Fischer (first published 2000)
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Jun 25, 2013 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
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pagehabit
jeff vandermeer's drawing of the cover:

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the first sentence of the book’s description on the back cover of my copy is:

Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest.

which is itself an elusive, vague sentence, but it is also the most cheekily appropriate summary; one you don’t really appreciate until after you’ve read the book. which you should do. because i’m not sure how to review this responsibly, without giving away th

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
Araz Goran
Feb 20, 2015 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...
Aug 16, 2010 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
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 02, 2013 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
Sara Zovko
Ovo je lijep i poetičan, kratak roman, ali bio bi još i bolji da je duljeg formata. Taman kad sam se uživjela u knjigu, pohvatala likove i surovi islandski krajolik, puf, kraj.
Pa sad ne znam, jedna od onih knjiga kojima bi istovremeno dala i 1 i 5, što me prilično frustrira.
Pa zato zlatna sredina.
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.
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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!” 39 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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