Under the Glacier represents Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness at his entertaining and brilliantly inventive best. Philosophy, theological speculation, and charming wit combine to make this novel a timeless fable of modern times.
A youthful emissary of the Bishop of Iceland travels to the beautiful and mysterious district of Snæfellsnes, locally known as "Under Glacier" to investigate the affairs of the parish and its enigmatic pastor. The story is the young man's report to the bishop on the extraordinary events taking place at the foot of Snæfellsnes-Glacier and the remarkable characters he encounters in the course of his investigations. In this strange region, all accepted distinctions between past and present, the mundane and the supernatural, seem at times to vanish.
"Laxness is a beacon in twentieth-century literature, a writer of splendid originality, wit, and feeling." (Alice Munro)
"A marvelous novel about the most ambitious questions. It is also one of the funniest books ever written." (Susan Sontag)
"The qualities of the sagas pervade his writing, and particularly a kind of humor–oblique, stylized and childlike–that can be found in no other contemporary writer." (The Atlantic Monthly)
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Horrible narration and performance. Not worth listening to this way.
- Arsenio Paez