TROLLS' CATHEDRAL by lafur Gunnarsson


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This skillfully plotted Icelandic novel portrays the conflicts that first energize and then threaten to destroy a ReykjavÁk family. Architect SigurbÓrn Helgason's visionary dreams of cathedral-building clash both amusingly and painfully with the more mundane yearnings that absorb his wife and three children--and when SigurbÓrn's youngest son is arbitrarily victimized, the once self-assured Helgasons are all afflicted in a way that may remind readers of Joyce Carol Oates's recent novel We Were the Mulvaneys. A fine book (first published in 1992), and a welcome English-language debut by the talented Gunnarsson.

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 1997
Page count: 294pp
Publisher: Mare's Nest--dist. by Dufour