A Magus of the North

The Blue Fox

by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 115 pp., $10.00 (paper)

From the Mouth of the Whale

by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 231 pp., $13.00 (paper)

The Whispering Muse

by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 141 pp., $22.00

Every now and then a writer changes the whole map of literature inside my head. The most recent has been the Icelander Sjón, whose work is unlike anything I had read, and very exciting. I think of Icelanders as erudite, singular, tough, and uncompromising. Sjón is all these things, but he is also quicksilver, playful, and surreal.

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