Storytellers

Storytellers

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In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold, but the nights are long. For most, on those nights, funny, sad, and dramatic stories are told around the fire. But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet. He knows nobody will remember his existence - they already don't. All he wants is peace, the company of his animals, and a steady supply of his medication. Sometimes he wonders what it would feel like to have a story of his own. He's about to find out.

Sigurd - a man with a plan, a broken ankle, and shocking amounts of money - won't talk about himself, but is happy to tell a story that just might get Gunnar killed. The blacksmith's other "friends" are just as eager to write him into stories of their own - from Brynhildur who wants to fix Gunnar, then marry him, his doctor who is on the precipice of calling for an intervention, The Conservative Women of Iceland who want to rehabilitate Gunnar's "heathen ways" - even the goddamn elf has plans for the blacksmith.

As his defenses begin to crumble, Gunnar decides that perhaps his life is due for a change - on his own terms. But can he avoid the endings others have in mind for him, and forge his own?

The author is an ex-blacksmith, lover of all things Icelandic, physically located in Amsterdam, mentally living in a log cabin near Akureyri. He has published stories and essays in Polish and American magazines, both online and in print. This is his first novel.

It just zipped by and was AMAZING!!!! Like, I NEVER saw it coming and it was so good and thrilling and edge of your seat! - Penni Ellington

I'd read a bathroom wall if it was written by this guy. - Jenna Dahmianna Nightwind
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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 431g
  • English
  • 9082998521
  • 9789082998528

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"A truly remarkable debut - wonderful storytelling [...] I felt throughout that I was in a safe pair of hands and just sat back and enjoyed the story, happy to let the author take me wherever he wanted to go. Highly recommended." - Debbie Young, author of Springtime For Murder

"Yes, I got a little bit of mystery with a little bit of magic, followed by INSANE, jaw-dropping revelations. But at its heart, Storytellers is a tale of evading the darkness, bearing with the pain of tragedy, and living to see the sun rise another day." - Justine Bergman

"The book was reminiscent of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant, in both theme and mood. [...] It isn't always the easiest read, but it's not a book I'm going to forget easily, either." - Marian L. Thorpe, author of Empire's Daughter

"I loved this book - it was a delight to read, an unusual debut novel by a writer with much talent. [...] This a work of literary art that I recommend most highly; Bjørn Larssen is, indeed, an Icelandic storyteller." - Terry Tyler, author of Legacy
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