Swanfolk

Swanfolk

Summary

An astonishing mind-bending novel about a woman's discovery of a community of swan-people from one of Iceland's greatest writers.

In the not-too-distant future, a young spy named Elísabet Eva is about to discover something that will upend her carefully controlled life.

Elísabet's work is the lynchpin of her existence in the city; her friends and social life centre around the Special Unit. But recently Elísabet has found herself taking long solitary walks near the lake. One day, she sees two creatures emerging from the water, half-human, half-swan. She follows them through tangles of thickets into a strange new reality.

Elísabet's walks turn into regular visits to these swan women, who reveal to her the enigma of their secret existence, and their deepest desires. Pulled further and further into the monomaniacal, and often violent, quest of the swanfolk she finds her own mind increasingly untrustworthy. Ultimately, Elísabet is forced to reckon with both the consequences of her involvement with these unusual beings and a past life she has been trying to evade.

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE ICELANDIC WOMEN'S LITERATURE PRIZE*

PRAISE FOR KRISTIN OMARSDOTTIR:
'Ómarsdottir's skills as a poet and playwright are evident' Helen Oyeyemi, New York Review of Books

Reviews

  • One of the most original authors in contemporary Icelandic literature...known for subverting traditional binaries like fantasy and realism, feminine and masculine, good and evil, and the animal and the human.
    Orð um bækur

About the author

Kristín Ómarsdóttir

Kristín Ómarsdóttir is the author of novels, poetry, short stories and plays. She has won numerous awards including the DV Cultural Award for Literature, the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize, and the Icelandic national prize for playwright of the year. She has been nominated four times for the Icelandic Literary Award and twice for The Nordic Council Literary Prize, most recently in 2019.
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