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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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