Halldor Laxness The Atom Station

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When the Americans make an offer to buy land in Iceland to build a NATO airbase after World War II, a storm of protest is provoked throughout the country. The airbase provides Laxness with the catalyst for his astonishing and powerful satire. 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. Marvelling at the customs and behaviour of the people around her, she emerges as the one obstinate reality in a world of unreality. 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.

A witty and moving satire on politics and politicians, Communists and anti-Communists, phoney culture fiends, big business and all the pretensions of authority, Laxness' masterpiece of social commentary is as relevant today as when it was written in 1948.

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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.

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"[Laxness’] voice has a very funny peculiar, refreshing and intriguing mix of comic irony and metaphysical angst" (Marina Warner Observer)

"Laxness is a poet who writes to the edges of the pages, a visionary who allows us a plot." ( Daily Telegraph)

"An extraordinary book, brimming with little wisdoms, funny episodes, sharp phrases...and a determined optimism of spirit" ( The Times)

"Laxness was a genius" ( New York Review of Books)

"Magnus Magnusson's translation reads smoothly and skilfully renders Laxness's dry and quirky wit" ( Times Literary Supplement)

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