The Sorrow of Angels

The Sorrow of Angels

4.29 (934 ratings by Goodreads)

List price: US$15.47

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


It is three weeks since the boy came to town, carrying a book of poetry to return to the old sea captain - the poetry that did for his friend Bardur. Three weeks, but already Bardur's ghost has faded. Snow falls so heavily that it binds heaven and earth together. As the villagers gather in the inn to drink schnapps and coffee while the boy reads to them from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Jens the postman stumbles in half dead, having almost frozen to his horse. On his next journey to the wide open fjords he is accompanied by the boy, and both must risk their lives for each other, and for an unusual item of mail. The Sorrow of Angels is a timeless literary masterpiece; in extraordinarily powerful language it brings the struggle between man and nature tangibly to life. It is the second novel in Stefansson's epic and elemental trilogy, though all can be read independently.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 144 x 199 x 31mm | 426g
  • MacLehose Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857051652
  • 9780857051653
  • 699,931

Review Text

'Moving - linguistically and stylistically masterful' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
show more

Review quote

'Stefansson is an utterly unique writer' Dagbladet. * Dagbladet * 'Recalls a Nordic version of one of Cormac McCarthy's journeys ... Devour this book with a hot drink in a warm room' Boyd Tonkin, Independent. * Independent * 'A wonderful, exceptional writer ... a timeless storyteller' Carsten Jensen. * Carsten Jensen * 'A spellbinding novel, beautifully written in a lyrical, poetic style' Jacqui Patience, Shadow Independent Foreign Fiction Prize judge. * Jacqui Patience, Shadow Independent Foreign Fiction Prize judge * 'Rarely have I read such a moving and grim account of the art of catching stars - outstanding' Weekendavisen. * Weekendavisen * 'Captivating ... the author eloquently harnesses an overwhelming sense of enormity and vastness ... this is a story of life, love and those left behind. It is a tale punctuated by the stark spectrum of human foibles, but equally one of strength, victory and selflessness in the face of adversity. The dizzying climax will leave you breathless' Susan Swarbrick, Glasgow Herald. * Glasgow Herald * 'Moving - linguistically and stylistically masterful' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung *
show more

About Jón Kalman Stefánsson

Jon Kalman Stefansson's novels have been nominated three times for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature and his novel Summer Light, and then Comes the Night received the Icelandic Prize for Literature in 2005. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious P.O. Enquist Award. He is perhaps best known for his trilogy - Heaven and Hell, The Sorrow of Angels (longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize) and The Heart of Man (winner of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize) - and for Fish Have No Feet (longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017).
show more

Rating details

934 ratings
4.29 out of 5 stars
5 46% (428)
4 42% (389)
3 10% (90)
2 2% (19)
1 1% (8)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X