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  • The greatest Icelandic novel and surely one of the best books of the 20th century... I read it as a teenager and it had a life-lasting effect

    Hallgrímur Helgason, author of 101 Reykjavik, Guardian
  • Laxness is a poet who writes to the edge of the pages, a visionary who allows a plot: he takes a Tolstoyan overview, he weaves in an Evelyn Waugh-like humour: It is not possible to be unimpressed

    Daily Telegraph
  • Marvellously fluent and unaffected... one of the most original and skilfully written novels of the 20th century

    Times Literary Supplement
  • There are good books and there are great books and there may be a book that is something still more: it is the book of your life

    New York Review of Books
  • Do yourself a favour and read Independent People. Opening this book is like opening a chest of treasures. Reading this book is like taking the treasures out and appreciating them, savouring them, one by one, sentence by sentence. This is the kind of novel that reminds you how glad you are that you learned to read in the first place

    Chicago Tribune

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