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Gyðir Elíasson: Stone Tree

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Stone Tree
Gyðir Elíasson
Comma Press
ISBN 978-1-905583-08-9
September 2009
$17.95 in Canada

Along the lonely western shores of Iceland, among its vast mountain ranges and its barren lava fields, this sublime collection of short stories blends the desires and efforts of its numerous protagonists, nearly all intent on taking leave of their normal lives in order to pursue their dreams more seriously. A Boston ornithologist speeds through the landscape in a four-by-four chasing Arctic Terns; a schoolboy is relocated to the northernmost town of Siglufjördur to compete in a chess tournament; and a husband packs his wife off to visit her aunt in Sweden. Despite the desolation of their surroundings, the characters encounter strange company: ghostly presences in the early hours, enviable neighbors, and fellow writers with remarkably similar ambitions. Plotting a constellation of singular, glittering images that are rendered nonetheless complete, this magnificent compilation intersects the paths of its characters, who are at once isolated in their individual pursuits and yet connected in the vast realm of dreams.

Gyrðir Elíasson is a writer and a translator. His collection, The Yellow House, was awarded the Icelandic Literature Prize and the Halldor Laxnes Prize for Literature in 2000.

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Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:41

Arnaldur Indriðason: Hypothermia

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Hypothermia
Arnaldur Indriðason
Random House Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35781-6
27 October 2009
$32.00 in Canada

En français : Hypothermie

9780307357816

The latest installment in the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award–winning Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, María, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a séance that María had attended, his curiosity is aroused.

Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman’s life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time, he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing thirty years before, and, inevitably, his discoveries raise ghosts from his own past.

Written by Thomas

2009-08-23 at 14:49

Arnaldur Indriðason: Arctic Chill (paperback)

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Forthcoming paperback release:

Arctic Chill
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-35683-3
29 September 2009
$21.00 in Canada

See also: hardback edition
En français : Hiver arctique

9780307356833

On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy’s Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland’s outwardly liberal, multicultural society. The boy’s murder forces Erlendur to confront a tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.

Arnaldur Indriðason: Arctic Chill

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Arctic Chill
Arnaldur Indriðason
Random House Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35682-6
3 February 2009
$32.00 in Canada

See also: paperback edition
En français : Hiver arctique

9780307356826

On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy’s Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland’s outwardly liberal, multicultural society. The boy’s murder forces Erlendur to confront a tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.