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The Whispering Muse

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529343007

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 16th April 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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‘Funny, strange, provoking and disturbing; darkness with a light touch.’ TLS

A master storyteller, Sjón seamlessly blends seafaring yarns of the ancient world with the manners of the modern age.

The year is 1949 and Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander with elevated ideas about the influence of fish consumption on Nordic civilisation, has had the singular good fortune to be invited to join a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea.

Among the crew is the mythical hero Caeneus, disguised as the second mate. Every evening after dinner he entrances his fellow travellers with the tale of how he sailed with the fabled vessel the Argo on the Argonauts’ quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

Reviews

Funny, strange, provoking and disturbing; darkness with a light touch.
<i>TLS</i>
A quirky, melodic, ticklish, seamlessly-translated, lovingly-polished gem of a novel. Sjón's work deserves space on any self-respecting bookshelf of European fiction.
David Mitchell
Once again, Sjón has chosen an unusual subject, interwoven the fantastical with the ordinary, and produced a complex and strangely compelling work of fiction.
<i>Huffington Post</i>
An extraordinary, powerful fable - a marvel.
Alberto Manguel