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The Lodger and Other Stories

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Since her first publication in 1965, Svava has become one of Iceland's leading contemporary writers. In her stories plays and novels she has, with wit, humor and discerning eye, analysed and commented on the emerge of a modern, materialist Icelandic society which has grown so rapidly in the later half of the twentieth century. She is especially renowned for employing an im ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by University of Iceland Press
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Ashley
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately, I did not have the privilege of reading the entire book, but I read the short story A Story for Children.

This short story was introduced to my by my English professor.
The story revolves around a mother who is asked to do horrible tasks to please her children and the male authority in her life.

This story has a huge image of feminism and the idea of the role of a woman as a mother.
My sister is a mother of four children and as soon as I finished reading this book I felt that she
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Diana
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story uses magical realism in a way that distorts the normal function of the human body. A mother literally gives up her brain and heart to her children; she does so to help educate them and satisfy their curiosity. I found this story refreshing but left me feeling sad for the mother. She literally gives up her body for her children and in the end each child grows up and begins their own life. They grow up and become busy and have little time to visit. It reminds me of the empty nest syndro ...more
Sevastian
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
A story for children was different interesting but different. it tells a story of how a mother can give everything and then some for her children to the point of exaggeration. Yet the children will receive and keep asking for more and the mother will oblige. Then after the children have grown up and have gone their separate ways they forget about her and and toss her aside. The author portrays it as an exaggeration of a mother that doesn't refuse her children to the point of becoming their playt ...more
Chris
Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Jakobsdottir's writings are political and social satires, feminist critiques, and askew looks at the affluent society of Late Capitalism. Some are very brief, almost mere scenes. While this volume is an interesting read; there are so few contemporary Icelandic writers available in English, the power of the stories varied unevenly. Only one, There are elements of the surreal and, especially in A Story for Children and Give Unto Each Other, the macabre. My Brother's Story, deals with elves.
Marina
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I can't really say that I liked it. I mean they're good, but... not my style, I guess, this magic realism in Icelandic literature. It was so odd to read, I can't quiet put my finger on why that's so, maybe the detailed portray of everything when you actually have a feeling like nothing's happening.
I've read A woman with a mirror, Party under a stone wall and Kitchen to measure.
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Svava Jakobsdóttir was one of the foremost Icelandic authors of the twentieth century. She was also a leading figure in the campaign for women's rights and wielded a great deal of influence in her own time, through her stories, plays and academic works.
She turned over a new page in the art of Icelandic literature and few would dispute the level of innovation that she brought to both subject matter
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