Lovestar

Andri Snaer Magnason (Author) Victoria Cribb (Translator)
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Product Details

Price
$16.95
Publisher
Seven Stories Press
Publish Date
November 20, 2012
Pages
309
Dimensions
5.54 X 0.88 X 8.21 inches | 0.62 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781609804268
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About the Author

One of Iceland's most celebrated young writers, ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON is the author poetry, plays, fiction, and non-fiction, and in 2009 he co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his own book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. In 2002 Magnason's LoveStar was named Novel of the Year by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize. It was also shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award. His 2012 The Story of the Blue Planet--now published or performed in twenty-six countries--became the first children's book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize and received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award and the West Nordic Children's Book Prize. Magnason is the winner of the 2010 Kairos Award. He lives in Reykjavík.

Reviews

"Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason's oversized imagination is invigorating."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

""While nature and the culture of Iceland enrich LoveStar, its concerns and targets are universal, its beleaguered, hapless citizen-pawns recognizable as our future selves. The imaginative power of novels like LoveStar may serve as a wake-up call, if only we read and heed them."
--World Literature Today

"Strange and refreshing--a lushly imagined future that reminded me of Vonnegut and Brautigan."
--Ed Park, author of Personal Days

"Exuberantly odd, LoveStar [...] has a certain charm."
-- The Complete Review

"If you like Kurt Vonnegut's writing style you will like this book, which is presented in a satirical way but with a serious message underneath."
--I'd Rather Be in Iceland

"Equal parts Vonnegut and Calvino, but never truly derivative of either influence, Magnason's novel takes a sometimes scathing, sometimes humorous look at what happens when we willing give up our freedoms in exchange for the promise of a better tomorrow that never arrives."
--Typographical Era

"It is no small accomplishment that in the ten years since LoveStar was released, the book feels not obsolete, but rather prescient, or at least exasperatingly plausible...it's compulsively readable, due in great part to Andri Snær's kooky creativity and the novel's simple, straightforward style of prose."
--Three Percent

"Morality tale? Cautionary tale? Bizarro fiction? LoveStar is specific on speed, a philosopher's nightmare, and the most engaging thing I've read in a long time."
-RS Bohn