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From the Mouth of the Whale: A Novel

by: Sjón

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)


Staff Pick by comrade: FG

Set in 17th century Iceland, Sjon has written an epic-folk-biography about a self-taught healer and poet who has been relentlessly persecuted as a heretic. Magically written in surreal prose, the protagonist distinguishes himself as someone interested in knowledge and beauty over primitive accumulation through several misadventures that paint breathtaking magical portraits.