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Centred on the character of Ari a now middle aged ex poet and publisher and has three interwoven strands set in different timesIn the present day he is returning from self imposed exile in Denmark after the self inflicted break up of his marriage to meet the narrator in Keflavik A second strand covers Ari and the narrator s teenage years in Keflavik in the late 1970s and 1980s at the time when the town was the home of the US military And a third strand reaches back much further in time to give us the story of Ari s paternal grandfather Oddur a fisherman and his grandmother Margr t The effect is to create a slightly uneasy blend of the wonderfully evocative uniue and timeless prose of the earlier books with a conventional tale of Nordic life in 197080s which takes us into territory already firmly staked out by other writers Knausgaard is an obvious reference but I was struck by the resemblance to Lars Saaybe ChristensenThe book also suffers a little from it s nature as a trilogy combined with the non linear nature of the story as exactly how it all pieces together is rather unclear For example by the time the novel finishes Oddur and Margr t have 4 children but Ari s father and his aunt Erin have yet to be born And the novel finishes on a teaser for book 2 and tomorrow something will happen that s beyond our controlThe prose at times also seemed unnecessarily repetitive I suspect the intent was to create a poetic sense of rhythm but it instead came across unfairly I now as closer to lazy writingtranslation To give an example in just the first 20 pages there were 5 metaphorical screams a residue of lava at first is an old scream there is a cliff jutting into the unsettled sea like a giant fist or scream a car screamed through the night we journey past mountain passes shaped like screams and most significantly for the story and what I suspect the other occurrences are intended to echo Ari s hand swept like a scream across the La ballade de Pern tome 1 - extrait offert kitchen table ending his marriage And the narrative device also doesn t uite work The Heaven and Hell trilogy was narrated by essentially the voices of those lost at sea enabling them to naturally interject at times with a commentary on events Here the narrator is ostensibly Aki s childhood friend cousin at times part of the story himself but at others remarkably absent from the same events And the narrative voice at times observes Ari from the outside at timesnows things only Ari would now and at times slips into the same style as the trilogy eg A stormy death and night are thus the beginning the cause the reason why we bring you this story Indeed the uestion of exactly who is the narrator does he even exist or is this an alter ego of Ari himself is never clear and became to me rather distracting Perhaps another one for books 2 and 3My favourite parts of the story were the tales of Oddur and Margr t but those are exactly the parts that largely echo the Heaven and Hell trilogy Although it was interesting to see how fishing life has progressed since those novels I was struck in the earlier novels that none of the fishermen could swim and Oddur is a pioneer in challenging that conventionOthers gossip but certainly not to his face that Oddur is something of a coward behind all that unbending toughness He has learned Oddur is something of a coward behind all that unbending toughness He has learned swim insists his crew do as well and the very #height of absurdity even installed a lifeboat on his trawler To waste valuable space on a lifeboat #of absurdity even installed a lifeboat on his trawler To waste valuable space on a lifeboat the old days when men where men all they thought about was catching enough fish they had no time for safety If something happened an accident a dangerous swell you had to deal with it as best you could show what sort of man you were and if it wasn t enough well then your time was simply up time to pack your belongings and leave Things have changed obviously there s a clear difference between the champions of the past and the presentI have been a little critical in this review but my benchmark is the wonderful earlier novels and the book in it s own right is still a worthwhile read and I trust Philip Roughton is already hard at work on translating Eitthva st r vi alheiminn polishing the English working title may be his first task Image Monument to Might of the sea by Steinunn rarinsd ttir on the outskirts of Sandger i It all began with death In every death there s a new lifeThe heart is a muscle light is indled the sea and snow enhance and limit life eyes are vividly described words and stories have mystical power and angels look out over tussocks Reading the first thirty pages was like snuggling into the welcoming embrace of a beloved grandparent But like the aged relative things are not uite as remembered This book deserves to be reviewed in its own right but I can t Every page has a shadow of the white wings of the separate Heaven and Hell trio that I reviewed here There s familiarity in the language and themes and the way phrases are reworked and repeated acuiring the hypnotic power of liturgy But as I settled into the tangled timelines I craved the simple incisive and ethereal beauty of the passages set in the past rather than the teenage angst iconic music mid life crises and socio economic and political history of the contemporary chapters I was less interested in Ari and his narrating cousin than in their grandparents Oddur and Margr t A Family History This is subtitled A Family History but the family is wider than Ari and his immediate relatives This is a Bildungsroman of a nation Individuals relish and abhor the opportunities and pain of adolescence plan and cultivate their place in the adult world and look back with affectionate nostalgia stained with regret Women and men challenge the limitations and expectations of their traditional roles And underpinning them all Iceland shakes off the shackles of Danish and US imperialism and forges an independent identity in the iconic black lava of the land A human being s life becomes at most a few isolated notes without a melody random sounds instead of music which is why we ve brought you this account of generations So that you ll now and hopefully never forget that everyone was once young so you realise that sooner or later we all must burn burn with passion happiness joy justice desire because these are the fires that light up the darkness that hold the wolves of oblivion at bay the fires Zu verschwinden Der preisgekrönte wortmächtige Menschenschilderer Jón Kalman Stefánsson läuft in diesem großen Familienroman zur Höchstform .


Fish Have No Feet follows a young man named Ari home to his childhood town of Keflavik Iceland Ari returns to Keflavi I have rarely reviewed the books I hold the most dearly on this blog I am afraid that my words will tarnish them that my words and their author s words have no business being on the same pageSo it is with Fish Have No Feet by J n Kalman Ste Fish Have No Feet by J n Kalman Stef nsson translated by Philip Roughton5 stars 10 out of 10Ever since I was a child I have wanted to visit Iceland Twenty years ago I made it there albeit only for some hours at Keflav airport as a refuelling stop A few years after that I spent a wonderful couple of weeks in Iceland walking and sightseeing Since then I have read anything available about the country so I am very pleased that Fish Have No Feet is now available in English translated by Philip Roughton published in August 2016This novel is ostensibly the story of Ari who returns to Iceland after many years of living abroad By his musings and inner thoughts we are also introduced to his childhood and growing up in Iceland people and places that he nows from the past and the lives of some of his ancestorsThe narrative is interspersed with reflective passages eg about love and historical passages eg about the fishing uota system in a way that really enhances the novel The story line meanders to and fro past and present I found I needed to concentrate whilst I was reading this book but it was well worth the effortI loved the reflective nature of the book Perhaps my favourite passage was about the seven ptarmigans I also liked that so much of the underlying themes related to literature and especially to poetryThe translation by Philip Roughton reads very easily I found the footnotes very helpful in my understanding of some of the situations and people mentioned in the book They gave me information that I now want to follow up eg re the Icelandic poet Einar Benediktsson It suited me that the footnotes were in fact at the bottom of the relevant page rather than at the end of the bookI have twice narrowly missed talks given by J n Kalman Stef nsson one in Copenhagen and the other in Edinburgh I m hoping that I organise the timing of my visits better in the future My priority now is to read others of Stef nsson s novels that have also been translated into EnglishThank you to uercus Books and to NetGalley for an ARC Words and music are at the core of this contemporary story set in Keflavik Surrounded by miles and miles of black lava fields and a fishless sea the town has lost its natural sustenance to regulation and globalized modernity This is the desolate place Ari returns to when he hears of his dying father after having run away to Copenhagen in a desperate attempt to escape his failures as a husband and son Haunted by his remorse and inadeuacies he is confronted with a stream of unsummoned memories that shaped his youth and later adulthood and the past as short as a hesitation but as deadly as a dagger drags him down into an existential journey that threatens his zest for life his love for poetry his faith in the healing power of musicThe beauty and menace of the Icelandic landscape that inspired Ari to #make of writing his livelihood is of no use find words to express the #of writing his livelihood is no use to find words to express the and the music of the eighties the silence of snowstorms in wintertime and the legacy of his ancestors struggles to survive blend into a subdued chorus of voices that conducted by an anonymous first person narrator navigates the ocean of time back and forth taking the reader alternately into the inner depths of Ari s subconscious and his grandparents life story in a remote village on the eastern coast of the island Stef nsson composes his tale of sorrow and woe painting a tapestry of recurrent paradoxical imageryWords that "WERE MISSING TO BECALM THE STIRRED " missing to becalm the stirred between Ari s grandparents are still missing between Ari and his wronged wife or his detached father but they give meaning to otherwise meaningless lives in this small community at the end of the worldFists clenched tight that are a symbol of a love declaration a mute poem to youth and beauty can also be the means to abuse women and girls who issed the world with their innocent freckles before they were misused as disposable objectsThe cold moon that sings a lethal serenade that lures lost souls into the sea also sparkles with hope against the darkness of night and the disillusionments of daily life welcoming the helpless the hopeless and the exiledPresent and past remembrance and forgetfulness oblivion and guilt life and death light and darkness co exist in this novel summoning the eternal battle between good and evil and the ancient forces that define mankindIn spite of the delicate tint of Stef nsson s lyrical writing style he doesn t shy away from the ugliness and brutality that taints human nature and fights them instead by elevating the power of literature language and music to the divine with words to guide our steps past the treacherous shadows of fear to where the sanctuary of love and forgiveness awaits us One of these two stars belongs to the translator I did a full 175 minute review of this on my YouTube channel link is in my bio so I m not going to bother with going into too much detail here Suffice it to say that this book was a massive disappointment for me despite being one of my most anticipated longlist readsIn my honest opinion this was a poorly written book with overly flowery language for the sake of having words on the page This writing didn t enhance the book at all instead highlighting the fact that most of the imagery used had little to no meaning There were moments of real sexism here too and just so many eye rolling instances that I almost put the book down Thankfully the sections in the past following the characters of Oddur and Margret saved it a little bit for me along with the pretty excellent translation by Phillip RoughtonHonestly though I wouldn t bother with this one again and I wouldn t reco Here is the gist of the story A middle aged Icelander Ari has returned from a two year stay in Copenhagen Denmark It is the beginning of the 21st century He is a poet and a novelist The person telling the tale is a friend from his youth The story covers three time periods Ari s return to Iceland his youth in. Das hier ist Aris Geschichte Und die seiner isländischen Familie Sie umspannt ein Jahrhundert voller Erinnerungen an Aris Großvater Oddur die Beatl.

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Keflavik during the 1970s and 1980s and the lives of his paternal grandparents living out their lives in a small fishing community located on a fjord on the east coast The telling flips haphazardly between the different time periodsProblem one the haphazard flips result in both confusion to the reader and repetition The same events are returned to many times each return telling the reader only a teeny bit The significance of events remains fuzzy even after arriving at the book s end I will cite one example The statement is made that only after Ari s cousin at customs inspection on Ari s return to Iceland had view spoilerput his gloved finger up Ari s rectum hide spoiler This is my first experience of Stefansson so I cannot draw any comparisons with his other works But I can say that despite the occasional repetitiveness there is some beautiful poetic prose in this family saga The book interleaves three story lines Firstly we read about Ari as he returns from self imposed exile in Denmark to the Iceland of his birth and growing up Secondly we hear the story of his childhood and adolescence in Iceland with his friend on this later who narrates the book Thirdly we read about Ari s grandparents and learn the story of Oddur and Margret s love This last section contained most of my favourite bits of the book and I wasn t uite so convinced by the other twoSome of the writing is truly beautiful It is intense and full of imagery Often the author pulls an unexpected phrase or word out of the blue that really lifts the text I found this extended uote to be a powerful piece of writing A human being s life becomes at most a few isolated notes without a melody random sounds instead of music which is why we ve brought you this account of generations this centennial history or planet comet this pop song this hit parade from the end of the world because we want you to In The Crossfire know that Margr t was once naked beneath an American dress with her small round breasts her long slender yet strong legs which shortly afterwards locked around Oddur so that younow and hopefully never forget that everyone was once young so you realise that sooner or later we all must burn burn with passion happiness joy justice desire because these are the fires that light up the darkness that hold the wolves of oblivion at bay the fires that heat up life so that you don t forget to feel so that you don t change into a picture on the wall a chair in the living room a piece of furniture in front of the TV into someone staring at a computer screen into something inert so that you don t become something that hardly notices anything so that you don t grow numb and become a plaything of the powers that be economic interests don t become insignificant apathetic at best the grease on a mysterious cogwheelThe author throws out some though provoking comments One in particular caught my eye because it seemed to say something uite different to what I saw as a ey uote from one of the other books listed for the Man Booker International prize In The Traitor s Niche we read But recently people had come to understand that forgetting was difficult and complicated than remembering but in this book we read isn t one of humanity s greatest misfortunes that it s uicker to forget than remember undoubtedly because it s convenientNow I m confusedWhen I started this book I #had no idea it forms part one of an intended trilogy I m pleased that I #no idea it forms part one of an intended trilogy I m pleased that I learned that and that forms part one of an intended trilogy I m pleased that I learned that and that came across that whilst reading the book I m pleased because I d like to read and because there are untold things in this book that definitely make it feel incomplete it ends with a statement that tomorrow something will happen that s beyond our control and this would be incredibly frustrating if that actually was the end Also it s a family saga centred on Ari and the story stops in this book before Ari s father has been born so clearly there is a lot left to be told I think I would have been extremely annoyed to get to the end of the booking thinking that was all we were going to get of the story Fortunately I d seen elsewhere that there are other parts to come so that frustration was avoidedFinally unless I missed something there s a mystery to be resolved hopefully in later parts of the trilogy I do not now who the narrator is He could be a close friend of Ari s or some ind of alter ego and I really can t work it out I m tending towards the second explanation Comments welcome if I am being thickIn summary I really enjoyed reading this book and would very much like to read both the other parts of this trilogy and other works by this author In Keflavik there are three cardinal directions the wind the sea and eternity Nowhere in all of Ireland do people live as close to death The unrelenting wind seems to be able to blow from two directions at once gusts bearing salt and sand took turns lashing us the sky so distant that our prayers over ever made it halfway there then dropped like dead birds or changed into hail the drinking water as salty as the sea This place isn t fit for habitation everything is against it common sense the wind the lava Still we ve lived here all these years all these centuries stubborn as the lava silent within history as the moss that grows over rocks and changes it into soil someone should stuff us pin medals on us write a book about us from the 1714 Land Register by Arni Magnusson and Pall Vidalin commissioned by the Danish CrownJ n Kalman Stef nsson s Heaven and Hell Trilogy to which I was introduced by the excellent blog was one of my favourite fiction discoveries of the last 2 years My reviews 2013 novel Fiskarnir Hafa Enga F tur has been translated once again by the excellent Philip Roughton as Fish Have No Feet Tony s review is here and strongly recommended Have No Feet is also the first part of an intended trilogy and the second Eitthva st r vi alheiminn English working title Around the Same Size as the Universe has been published recently in Iceland Footnote the trilogy was actually a duology and the English translation wa s published as About the Size of the Universe in 2018J n Kalman Stef nsson is a wonderful writer and this novel contains the same stunning prose as his previous trilogy But overall I have to say I didn t find this as distinctive or satisfying as the Heaven and Hell novels The novel. Es junge Mädchen und schmerzliche Trennungen Und sie beginnt damit dass Ari seine Frau am Frühstückstisch sitzen lässt um vorerst nach Kopenhagen. Fiskarnir hafa enga fætur