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Öræfi

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Vorið 2003 kemur ungur maður örmagna og blóðugur inn í Þjónustumiðstöðina í Skaftafelli eftir hrakninga á öræfum. Hann heitir Bernharður Fingurbjörg, austurrískur örnefnafræðingur, og erindi hans til landsins var að halda í rannsóknarleiðangur inn á Vatnajökul og vitja um vettvang hroðalegs glæps sem framinn var tuttugu árum fyrr og beindist meðal annars að móður hans. ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Mál & Menning
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Paul Fulcher
Now longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award - and my personal favourite to win

Death metal is one of the most challenging genres that ever existed, in death metal there are swift chapter divisions and the feelings and emotions lie deep, the way burning magma does, down in the dark glow of the human soul, apathetic and venting simultaneously.
 
Öræfi: The Wasteland has been translated from Ófeigur Sigurðsson's Icelandic original by Lytton Smith, who provides an illuminated afterword which demonstrate/>Death
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peg
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Longlisted for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award, this is the best book I have read this year! It is written in what I call a “maximalist” style, filled with many words, facts, points of view and historic events and I probably only took in a fraction of the totality of the novel!

At heart it is a thriller about a man alone on a glacier in Iceland. I learned a lot about toponymy (the study of place names) which he is there to study. So much goes on, both actual and imagined, that at
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Sarada
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Öræfi is a remarkable book, and I am grateful for this translation into English, so we can take part in this unique narrative journey. The Icelandic names, particularly of places, may be a little challenging for the English speaker to get used to, but since the book concerns itself so much with the field of toponymy the place names are deeply explored and illuminated throughout the book. The narrator is a toponymist who set out on this journey to the titular wasteland to explore the relationship ...more
Paul Dembina
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. Can't recommend this highly enough. Ostensibly the story of an Austrian scientist lost on an Icelandic glacier it turns into a history of hardship, landscape and place naming in Iceland. Peppered with nuggets of dry Icelandic humour.
Alfheidur
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bókin byrjaði í fimm stjörnum, tók dýfu með upptalningarstílnum um miðbikið (þeir sem hafa lesið vita hvað ég á við) en lokaniðurstaðan er einhvers staðar milli þrists og fjarka svo ég smelli hér á fjórar stjörnur. Öfgakenndar og fyndnar persónur, skemmtilegar observasjónir á Íslendinginn í dag sem fyrr á öldum, og sérstakur saga-inní-sögu-inní-sögu stíll héldu athygli minni. Blörbið frá bókaútgefandanum er heldur Arnaldar-og Yrsulegt en vonandi veit fólk að þetta er enginn reyfari. Eftir Öræfin ...more
Gerða
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Veit eiginlega ekki hvað ég á að segja um þessa bók. Átti í vandræðum með að klára hana og satt að segja píndi mig til þess. Stíllinn er mjög sérstakur þar sem verið er að segja sögur inni í sögunni og mikið um upptalningar. Sem dæmi um upptalningar þá er rakið á 11 bls sjálfsvíg fólks á Íslandi á bilinu 1600 til 1900 :/ Margir mjög hrifnir af bókinni en hún höfðaði ekki til mín
Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Öræfi er nokkuð einstakt bókmenntaverk og er það eins gott því að ég er ekki viss um að ég myndi nenna að lesa margar bækur í þessum stíl. Bókin er skrifuð í stíl sem óhjákvæmilega gefur af sér kjánalegar, langdregnar og leiðinlegar einræður. Að því leyti finnst mér höfundi takast afar vel til. Þrátt fyrir að vera kjánaleg, langdregin og leiðinleg, þá var bókin hin prýðilegasta skemmtun.
Will
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book about Iceland and its landscape I have ever read.
Matthew Burris
I wanted to like it. I Did like bits of it but it was just too much everything.
Conan
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the story was interesting, if not a bit simple (Austrian guy gets trapped in the Icelandic wastelands and people pick up the pieces of what happened), it did feel like it was rambling a bit. Maybe that's the style of the author/translation, but this kind of hurt your attention. Characters are rich and the constructed history was vivid, so once you get past the style of writing, things do pick up.
Ulf Kastner
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rarely have I read a book with such high highs that like clockwork dampened my resulting euphoria every single time with what I felt was tantamount to daring tedium. If it weren't for the latter, this would have easily been a 5+ star evaluation. It's a good thing I am a compulsive and steadfast reader, so overall I thought it to be the best read in about a year. If you like obscurity, diatribes, tongue-in-cheek cultural romanticism, and navel-gazing philosophy, this book may also bring you great ...more
Betty
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I really appreciate what it's doing and how; it's extremely clever both in its overall structure and the jokes and wordplay and themes throughout; but I am still only human; I've got a limited tolerance for semicolons (as much as I abuse them in my own writing; and run-on sentences; because, you know, I get it. We all get it!
Thorunn
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Þessa bók fílaði ég alveg í tætlur - en hún er örggulega ekki fyrir alla. Mér fannst hún ferlega fyndin á köflum - ég gat alveg hlegið upphátt öðru hvoru, þessi kaldhæðna íslenska fyndni á vel við mig. Síðan er fullt af beittri ádeilu - á ferðamannaiðnaðinn, skógrækt, bændur, ríkið, forsjárhyggju, hetjudýrkun Íslendinga, hnattvæðingu, bara hvað sem er. Það er líka nóg af sagnfræðilegaum fróðleik - kannski ekki öllum réttum en það er aukatriði, maður verður að muna að þetta er skáldsaga. Og endir ...more
Þórólfur
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Þessi bók var mikil vonbrigði. Það mætti breyta titlinum, sem gæti þá t.d. verið: "Öræfi héraðslýsing - mannlíf, lífshættir og sagnir úr Öræfum frá landnámi til nútíma." Höfundur hefur verið ósköp duglegur að gúggla og afla heimilda um Öræfasveitina og það koma skemmtilegir sprettir inn á milli en þetta er klætt í "söguþráð" sem er mjög skrítinn og jafnvel kjánalegur á köflum.
Skúli Pálsson
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Óhamið hugmyndaflug, bullandi mælska, tengingar í allar áttir, óreiða. Sumum finnst það frábært. Ég er ekki aðdáandi.
Oli
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hress stíll en endist ekki vel, leiðinlegur til lengdar.
Jóna
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ein undarlegasta bók sem ég hef lesið.
Kitta Pálsdóttir
Dec 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Komst ekki í gegnum þessa bók - sama hvað ég reyndi - fann ekki línuna í henni :( það er eiginlega fúlt - því að textinn aftan á kápunni gaf manni væntingar um skemmtilegra/betra efni ....
Adam
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brazos
"A man is composed of everyone who's shared his path, I told myself, overwhelmed by my weighty trunk" (206)

I heard once from a bookseller in town that the best way to know a culture is to read their books, and this is one of the most true examples of that I can remember. As someone who's been to Iceland a couple times, I wish so much I'd read this before going, and it made me yearn to go back. Oraefi is a love letter to Southern Iceland, but I really struggled with it at times. I lov
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Jeff
This book is amazing and impossible to describe. It's a weird, funny, sad, beautiful manuscript that includes killer sheep, dismemberment, long treatises on death metal, historical myths and legends, and lots of information about Icelandic glaciers and floods and volcanic eruptions. It's a frame within a frame within a frame within a frame, a retelling of a letter about a book written by a veterinarian transcribing the words of a translator who is translating the words of the man writing the let ...more
Kamila
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love that there is a nonprofit publisher in Dallas that puts out literature like this, so I definitely am in full support of this effort. But it's written in a very fluid style (no quotation marks to indicate dialogue; stories nested within stories within stories...) that, although well executed, is not my favorite writing style. There are some digressions that I simply skimmed, such as one on death metal and Belgian symbolism and another that is basically a catalogue of suicides in Iceland fr ...more
Amanda
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-adults
Although it was absolutely beautiful at times, the stream of consciousness writing just wasn't for me. It made reading the book a struggle, one that I couldn't fully appreciate. The long sidetracks sometimes bored me and it frustrated me at times that it was difficult to keep track of the narrator structure, for example: 'x happened, said person A, reported person B, wrote person C me in their letter, as I am telling you now'.
Elizabeth
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stories within stories unfold in this narrative of a young Austrian toponymist's ill-fated solo research expedition to the Oraefi glacier in southeastern Iceland in 2003. It's an adventure story, an epic, and a satire of Icelandic culture as well as a lament for what modernization has destroyed. The novel explores language, names, and symbols; translation and myth-making; critical theory and death metal; the destructive effects of globalization and tourism--the basic contradictions of Iceland it ...more
Alan Braswell
A good plot.
The writing style dragged. Simply plodded along
The use of not using quotation marks is a distraction. Should have been spaces rather than a _person said.
Hard to get through at times.
Axel
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Einstaklega furðuleg. Fínir kaflir og sterkir karakter, helst Fastagestur, sem á mjög góðar rispur. Upptalningarhlutinn, sem telur rúmar 10 síður þegar sagan er komin langt á veg er sennilega eitt þrotaðasta efni sem ég hef lesið mig í gegnum. En.
Bergþór Hauksson
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Verulega áhugaverð bók en ekki alltaf frábær. Ófeigur er frábær stílisti en mistæk hugarflæðiseintölin náðu ekki alltaf að vekja þá samúð með sögupersónum sem þurft hefði.
Eleonore Gudmundsson
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ef maður les Thomas Bernhard inn í þessa bók er hún mikil upplifun. Þannig útskýrast yfirlöngu setningarnar í miðju bókarinnar. Mér fannst hún mjög merkileg og flott skrifuð.
Margit Jensen
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skør bog i én lang rablende strøm af ord, men efter et langt tilløb fik jeg mig endelig haget fast, og så slap den mig ikke!
Mark
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
iceland is odd, said the ancient text, quoted the regular, said the austrian, related the translator, reported the vet, wrote the austrian. plus, sheep.
Paul Dixon
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Öræfi : The Wasteland -

“...it can hardly have been a man who bit this kid in the leg, writes Dr. Lassi, unless it was someone with an oddly large mouth, like Mick Jagger, but it is highly unlikely he’s on a trip to the East Skaftafell region at this exact moment, nor could such a decent man turn utterly brutal without warning, admittedly if he’s been out west for a short time holed up in a small cave the possibility can’t be completely ruled out, but there’s no chance you’d find a cave amid the
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Ófeigur Sigurðsson is an Icelandic poet, novelist and translator. He was born in Reykjavík on November 2, 1975.
Ófeigur studied philosophy at the University of Iceland and graduated in 2007, writing a thesis on the work of Georges Bataille. In 2001 he published his first book of poetry, Skál fyrir skammdeginu, with the avant-garde press Nykur. Ófeigur has to this date published seven books of
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