Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland

Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland

by Sarah Moss


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ISBN-13: 9781619021228
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 202,363
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University. She is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Cold Earth and Night Walking , which was selected for the Fiction Uncovered Award in 2011, and the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She spent 2009-10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Iceland and now lives in west Cornwall.

Table of Contents

Map viii

Prologue 1

1 Iceland First Seen 3

2 Leave of Absence 12

3 Vestmannaeyjar 41

4 Back to School 57

5 Pétur's Saga 81

6 Winter 108

7 The Icesave Thing 131

8 Spring 157

9 Eyjafjallajökull 172

10 Vilborg 191

11 The Hidden People 217

12 A Small Farm Under a Crag 238

13 In Search of the Kreppa 265

14 Knitting and Shame 280

15 Last Weekend 310

16 Beautiful is the Hillside 320

Acknowledgements 357

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cogent reminder that insight into another culture only comes from prolonged exposure. Much of the tourist flak and images of Iceland,are about the landscape; I doubt seriously anyone will be granted the kind of inside look at Icelandic socitey that Sarah Moss has without a lengthy residence (as she had ), certainly not by the Icelanders, themselves. Not unsurprisingly, Moss talks very little about the landscape (she spent most of her time in Reyjkavik) and almost exclusively about the people. With 300,000+ population in an area slightly smaller than Kentucky, the country is, not surprisingly, more like a small town than a nation. Though technically a part of Western Europe, it is a highly distinct culture which features great modernity (they have the world's first openly-lesbian Prime Minister) along with an almost tribal view of "utlanders", non-Icelanders where the word for "foreign" and "outlandish" are one in the same. A wonderful book; it's a shame that it is one of very few about Iceland's people in the modern era.