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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bergsveinn Birgisson Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781469251110
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Bjarni has long held on to a letter from former lover Helga, with whom he shared an illicit, impassioned love. Her letter invited him to leave his wife and his farm and pursue prosperity in the city, where World War II had brought an influx of American marines and opportunities for work. But he chose not to reply. Years later, as he reflects on a long and simple life among the sheep in the Icelandic hillsides, he finally finds himself ready to explain why. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Birgisson is a generous, universal writer, and this is a love story. It transcends time and place.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This story is made of simple elements, told with arch elegance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With all the attention paid to Scandinavian crime novels, it’s nice to see this quiet little gem make an impression.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorna | 8/15/2013

    " Some parts were crude and this brought down the rating a few notches for me. I liked the lyrical language and the use of poetry and folklore throughout the book as well as the great storytelling aspect in the history of Iceland. "

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About the Author

Bergsveinn Birgisson holds a doctorate in Norse philology and has an expansive background in folklore, oral histories, and lyrical poetry. A true academic at heart, Birgisson has spent his life studying language and how it represents the truth of the human condition. He currently resides in Bergen, Norway, where he continues to write classical tales of love and masters new languages.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.