Search Results: "Olaf Olafsson"


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RESTORATION by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Though there are some quasi-literary flourishes here, the interior lives of the characters rarely rise above melodramatic cliché."
A soap-opera romance set against a dramatic backdrop of war, art and the hills of Tuscany, from Olafsson (Valentines, 2007, etc.), a top executive at Time Warner. Read full book review >

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VALENTINES by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"The title of this collection is ironic; any love that flows here is wayward and all too perishable."
The Icelandic-American novelist (Walking into the Night, 2003, etc.) titles the 12 stories in this collection after months of the year. Read full book review >

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WALKING INTO THE NIGHT by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"Clear-eyed and captivating, Olafsson writes effortlessly, seemingly incapable of a dull paragraph or page. His people are real, period atmosphere and detail unobtrusively perfect, his novel a gem and small masterpiece."
Icelandic-born Olafsson (The Journey Home, 2000; Absolution, 1994) tells the life story of William Randolph Hearst's fictional butler—deftly and grippingly. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY HOME by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2000

"A striking character study, marred by a surfeit of rapid time shifts that keep us guessing 'which' Disa appears on any given page, even as we grow increasingly absorbed in her several stories."
Native Icelandic author (and now an American executive at Time-Warner) Olafsson's evocative second novel (following Absolution, 1994) records both a literal homeward return and a journey into the mind, heart, and memories of Asdis ("Disa") Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTION by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 1994

"Beautifully crafted, and, even though both the pace and the conceit pall a little, a welcome new voice."
The English-language debut of an Icelandic writer now living in New York: a novel that perceptively probes the depths of two ÇmigrÇ Icelanders' self-deceptions. Read full book review >

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PETER OLAF by Richard H. Grabmeier
Released: Dec. 14, 2000

"A strong, debut historical novel."
A Swedish boy makes good in the New World in this rags-to-riches story. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR OLAF VAN SCHULER’S BRAIN by Kirsten Menger-Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Anyone interested in American quackery will find Menger-Anderson's vignettes informative, even entertaining, but her style is too stiff for satisfying storytelling."
Debut collection chronicles a family of medical misfits. Read full book review >

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AFTERTIME by Olaf G. Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

Aftertime ($24.95; May; 116 pp.; 0-8101-1504-2): This relentlessly depressing novel records the psychic disintegration of a young German woman who had been a student in Kiev at the time of a nearby nuclear reactor accident. Read full book review >

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DARKSIDERS by Justin Perks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"A straightforward action fantasy held back by rough prose."
In Perks' sci-fi debut, mercenaries track a rogue scientist who's stolen a technologically advanced society's most prized resource. Read full book review >

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ELSA AND THE NIGHT by Jöns Mellgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A subdued, mildly soporific bedtime story with sophisticated emotional and metaphorical levels to explore for those so inclined. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this poignant import, a lonely badger who hasn't slept in 30 years discovers Night hiding under her sofa and pops it into a cake tin. Read full book review >

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THE HALF-DROWNED KING by Linnea Hartsuyker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Hold on to your helms and grab your shields—Hartsuyker is just getting started."
Steeped in legend and myth, Hartsuyker's debut is a swashbuckling epic of family, love, and betrayal that reimagines the Norse sagas. Read full book review >

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WORLD LIGHT by Halldór Laxness
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"One of the 20th century's greatest novels, and arguably the closest modern equivalent to the enthralling complexity of Dostoevsky."
Iceland's only Nobel laureate (1902-98) has become more visible thanks to the praises sung to his work by poet-novelist Brad Leithauser, and to recent editions of the masterpieces Independent People and Paradise Reclaimed. Read full book review >