Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night


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5.7 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

J贸n Kalman Stef谩nsson'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. His books includeHeaven and Hell; The Sorrow of Angels, longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; The Heart of Man, winner of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize; and Fish Have No Feet, which was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. He lives in Reykjav铆k, Iceland.

Philip Roughton is an award-winning translator of many of Iceland's best-known authors, including Nobel laureate Halld贸r Laxness, J贸n Kalman Stef谩nsson, 镁贸rarinn Eldj谩rn, Bergsveinn Birgisson, and Steinunn Sigur冒ard贸ttir.


J贸n Kalman Stef谩nsson's lyrical style has earned him a dedicated following of readers in Iceland. [In] Summer Light and Then Comes the Night each standalone story describes life in a small village in West Iceland, normal people--their insecurities and anxieties, their courage and loneliness. Together, these episodes create one, coherent whole; there's no set narrator, but rather, it's the village that tells these stories of hope, cruelty, life, and death.--Literary Hub
Powerful and sparkling...Prize-winning translator Philip Roughton's feather-light touch brings out the gleaming, fairy-tale quality of the writing.--Irish Times
Stef谩nsson shares the elemental grandeur of Cormac McCarthy.--Times Literary Supplement (London)
Stef谩nsson's prose rolls and surges with oceanic splendor.--The Spectator
The Icelandic Dickens...He has the same gift of writing with great understanding, an empathy with troubled souls and a skill at laugh-out-loud comedy.--Irish Examiner
A wonderful, exceptional writer...A timeless storyteller.--Carsten Jensen

Stef谩nsson's immersive prose swells, thunders and sparkles with all the shifting moods of the of the sea on an Icelandic summer's day."--The Independent (UK)
Stef谩nsson is a superb storyteller with a metaphysical bent. He draws characters with empathy and wit, and frames their condition in existential dichotomies: modernity versus the past, mystical versus rational, destiny versus coincidence.--Booklist
An immersive and funny portrait of a community whose members squabble and celebrate in equal measure.--Publishers Weekly