The Atom Station
When the Americans make an offer to buy land in Iceland to build a NATO airbase after the Second World War, a storm of protest is provoked throughout the country. Narrated by a country girl from the north, the novel follows her experiences after she takes up employment as a maid in the house of her Member of Parliament. Her observations and experiences expose the bourgeois society of the south as rootless and shallow and in stark contrast to the age-old culture of the solid and less fanciful north.
- Paperback | 192 pages
- 129 x 198 x 13mm | 138g
- 04 Mar 2004
- Vintage Publishing
- Vintage Classics
- London, United Kingdom
[Laxness’] voice has a very funny peculiar, refreshing and intriguing mix of comic irony and metaphysical angst
Magnus Magnusson's translation reads smoothly and skilfully renders Laxness's dry and quirky wit * Times Literary Supplement * Laxness was a genius * New York Review of Books * An extraordinary book, brimming with little wisdoms, funny episodes, sharp phrases...and a determined optimism of spirit * The Times * Laxness is a poet who writes to the edges of the pages, a visionary who allows us a plot. * Daily Telegraph * [Laxness'] voice has a very funny peculiar, refreshing and intriguing mix of comic irony and metaphysical angst -- Marina Warner * Observer *
About Halldór Laxness
HALLDOR LAXNESS (1902-98) was born near Reykjavik, Iceland. His first novel was published when he was 17. The undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction and one of the outstanding novelists of the twentieth century, his work was translated into more than 30 languages. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.