|Sjon. Victoria Cribb, trans.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||528 / 2018|
During World War II, Jewish fugitive Leo Löwe has an affair with a maid in a German inn, and together, they form a baby from a piece of clay, setting in motion this dazzling work of speculative fiction by the Icelandic poet and novelist, Sjón. In the three novellas collected here, Löwe arrives in Iceland with the clay-baby inside a hatbox, only to be embroiled in a murder mystery involving a werewolf. Later, in present-day Reykjavík, Leo's clay son Josef crosses paths with the outlandish CEO of a biotech company who brings the story of genetics and genesis full circle with a series of apocalyptic events that might just make the world a better place.
"[A] challenging and cacophonous epic by the talented Sjón.... An amalgam of creation myth, surrealist absurdity, ancient saga, and contemporary satire."—Booklist
"Sjón is more than a novelist; he is a storyteller in the ancient tradition, and this work may be remembered as his masterpiece."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)