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And the Wind Sees All by Gudmundur Andri Thorsson, Andrew Cauthery, Bjorg Arnadottir

And the Wind Sees All

Gudmundur Andri Thorsson, Andrew Cauthery, Bjorg Arnadottir

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Imprint: Peirene Press Ltd
Publisher: Peirene Press Ltd
Publication date: 30 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781908670465

Relaxing Nordic hygge in a novel; the entire story takes place in two minutes. The serene spirit of an Icelandic fishing village is captured from an unusual perspective: the wind.

5 stars out of 5
23 Sep 2018

"a simple idea, sympathetically executed with an eye for the poetry of the everyday."

It opens with Kata, a choir leader, cycling through a fishing village on her way to the evening concert. As she goes by, she is seen by various villagers (many are members of her choir), and the novel comprises their thoughts and stories, from the idle car mechanic and the bank manager’s wife to the retired advertising executive and the alcoholic vicar. Its timespan is just the couple of minutes Kata takes to pass by, but stories interweave and build, and gradually a picture of a community, with all its complexity and flaws, is assembled. It is a simple idea, sympathetically executed with an eye for the poetry of the everyday. Peirene has discovered a heart-warming gem.

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