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From the Mouth of the Whale

(2011)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
From the Mouth of the Whale is an Icelandic saga for the modern age. The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty, and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn's horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret, and both books and men are burned.
Sjon introduces us to Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, banished to a barren island for heretical conduct, as he recalls his gift for curing "female maladies," his exorcism of a walking corpse on the remote Snjafjoll coast, the frenzied massacre of innocent Basque whalers at the hands of local villagers, and the deaths of three of his children. Palmason's story echoes across centuries and cultures, an epic tale that makes us see the world anew.

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April 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: From the Mouth of the Whale: A Novel
Author(s): Sjon
ISBN: 0-374-15903-3 / 978-0-374-15903-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: From the Mouth of the Whale
Author(s): Sjon
ISBN: 1-84659-083-3 / 978-1-84659-083-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Telegram Books
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Title: From the Mouth of the Whale: A Novel
Author(s): Sjon
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: From the Mouth of the Whale
Author(s): Sjon
Publisher: Telegram Books
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