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Names for the Sea

(2012)
Strangers in Iceland
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Sarah Moss had a childhood dream of moving to Iceland, sustained by a wild summer there when she was nineteen. In 2009, she saw an advertisement for a job at the University of Iceland and applied on a whim, despite having two young children and a comfortable life in Kent. The resulting adventure was shaped by Iceland's economic collapse, which halved the value of her salary, by the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull and by a collection of new friends, including a poet who saw the only bombs fall on Iceland in 1943, a woman who speaks to elves and a chef who guided Sarah's family around the intricacies of Icelandic cuisine.

Moss explored hillsides of boiling mud and volcanic craters and learned to drive like an Icelander on the unsurfaced roads that link remote farms and fishing villages in the far north. She watched the northern lights and the comings and goings of migratory birds, and as the weeks and months went by, she and her family learned new ways to live.

Names for the Sea is her compelling, beautiful and very funny account of living in a country poised on the edge of Europe, where modernization clashes with living folklore.



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Title: Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
Author(s): Sarah Moss
ISBN: 1-84708-416-8 / 978-1-84708-416-3 (UK edition)
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Title: Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
Author(s): Sarah Moss
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA