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Red Milk

Red Milk

By internationally-acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón, a timely novel about a young Neo-Nazi in post-WWII Iceland and the roots of the far-right global networks of today.

Gunnar Kampen grew up in Reykjavik during the Second World War in a household strongly opposed to Hitler and his views. Doted on by his mother and two older sisters and with a degree from a business college, he is well set in life. And yet, in the spring of 1958, he founds an antisemitic nationalist party and sets about enthusiastically supporting an ever-growing international network of Neo-Nazis – a cause he continues to struggle for and that takes him on a clandestine mission to England, despite being terminally ill.

Based on one of the ringleaders of a little-known Neo-Nazi group that operated in Reykjavík in the late ’50s and early ’60s, this taut and potent novel explores what shapes a young man and the enduring allure of Nazi ideology.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

On Sale: 4th March 2021

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781529355901


SELECT PRAISE FOR CoDex 1962: 'This is a work of great ambition ... above all it feels like a work of virtuoso narrative for its own sake; an Icelandic 1001 Nights'
The Sunday Times
Sjón writes with a poet's ear and a musician's natural sense of rhythm . . . has mastered (Günter Grass)'s technique of merging history with high-speed comedy and surreal profundity . . . an heir of Mikhail Bulgakov and Laurence Sterne, eases literary references into the text as mere suggestions . . . His wild, subversive imagination is among his great strengths
Eileen Battersby, Guardian
Bewitching . . . His stories compound the dreamscapes of Surrealism, the marvels of Icelandic folklore and a pop-culture sensibility into free-form fables. Call it magic realism under Nordic lights
The Economist
[CoDex 1962] consumed me for the better part of a week. I can only echo Loewe, with gratitude, exasperation and awe. "This book's a bloody thief of time."
Parul Sehgal, New York Times
This book is psychedelic, it's potent and it wants to consume the whole world . . . Sjón is a prodigal storyteller in all senses of the phrase . . . he is a master of atmosphere, a fine observer of the cross-hatchings of human motivation and a vivid noticer of detail.
New York Times Book Review
Sjón's novels are brilliant collisions of history and fable, psychology and fantasy
Chris Power, Guardian