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Fish have no feet : a family history
Fish have no feet : a family history
Jón Kalman Stefánsson, 1963-2016
Keflavik: a town that has been called the darkest place in Iceland, surrounded by black lava fields, hemmed in by a sea that may not be fished. Its livelihood depends entirely on a U.S. military base, a conduit for American influences that shaped Icelandic culture and ethics from the 1950s to the dawning of the new millennium. It is to Keflavik that Ari - a writer and publisher - returns from Copenhagen at the behest of his dying father, two years after walking out on his wife and children. He is beset by memories of his youth, spent or misspent listening to Pink Floyd and the Beatles, fraternising with American servicemen - who are regarded by the locals with a mixture of admiration and contempt - and discovering girls. There is one girl in particular he could never forget - her fate has stayed with him all his life. Lost in grief and nostalgia, he is also caught up in the story of how his grandparents fell in love in Nordfjordur on the eastern coast, a fishing village a world away from modern Keflavik, at time when the old ways still held sway. Their tragic love affair unfolded against the backdrop of Iceland's harsh nature and unforgiving elements.
Main title:
Fish have no feet : a family history / Jón Kalman Stefánsson ; translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton.
London : Maclehose Press, 2016.©2016
381 pages ; 22 cm.
Translated from the Icelandic.
9780857054418 (paperback)
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult FictionSTEFAvailable