(From the publisher):
An American offer to buy land for an atomic war base in Iceland provokes a storm of protest throughout the country. This is the event which gave Haldor Laxness a starting point for his novel, and in it he satirizes politics and politicians, Communists and anti-Communists, phoney culture fiends, big business, and all the pretensions of authority.
The story is told by a country girl from the north, who comes to work as a maid in the house of her Member of Parliament. This girl is the one obstinate reality in a world of fantasy and chicanery. Through her eyes we see the contrast between the ancient culture of the Sagas in the north and the new rootless urban culture of the intellectual society of the south.
Original title: Atómstöđin
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor→ Satire