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World Light (1940) [Novel]
by Halldór Kiljan Laxness Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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As an unloved foster child on a farm in rural Iceland, Olaf Karason has only one consolation: the belief that one day he will be a great poet. The indifference and contempt of most of the people around him only reinforces his sense of destiny, for in Iceland poets are as likely to be scorned as they are to be revered. Over the ensuing years, Olaf comes to lead the paradigmatic poet's life of poverty, loneliness, ruinous love affairs and sexual scandal. But he will never attain anything like greatness. As imagined by Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness in this magnificently humane novel, what might be cruel farce achieves pathos and genuine exaltation. For as Olaf's ambition drives him onward–and into the orbits of an unstable spiritualist, a shady entrepreneur, and several susceptible women–World Light demonstrates how the creative spirit can survive in even the most crushing environment and even the most unpromising human vessel.

Original title: Heimsljós
Original languages: Icelandic


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: World Light

World Light (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Magnus Magnusson
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World Light (October 8, 2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 9780375727573
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 x 1.2
Pages: 624

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