World Light

by Halldor Laxness

World Light

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Determined that he will someday be a great poet, Olaf Karason pursues his dream in the face of the contempt and indifference of the people around him, taking up a life of poverty, loneliness, failed love affairs and sexual scandal as he journeys across Iceland to seek his goal. Translated by Magnus Magnusson.

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Brief, Bright And Beautiful: Three Books On Nordic Summer

This vivid and beautiful novel by Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness is set on the wild west coast of Iceland, with its fjords and mountains, just under the Arctic circle. World Light is the touching life story of an odd man, Ólafur — in his heart a poet and a dreamer despite the impoverished conditions of his childhood. He is gifted not only with words but also with a special radar for beauty and light, which he finds most abundantly in the summer landscape. For young Ólafur, the

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