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The woman at 1,000 degrees

By: Helgason, Hallgrimur FitzGibbon, Brian(Translated by)

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1786074559 / 9781786074553
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20 cm 464 pages
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Translated from the Icelandic.

'The hottest new book from Iceland is The Woman at 1,000 Degrees...

What a story it is.' Washington PostEighty-year old Herra Bjoernsson lies alone in her garage waiting to die.

Oh, she has two weeks left, maybe three - she has booked her cremation appointment, at a blistering 1,000 degrees, so it won't be long.

But until then she has her cigarettes, her laptop, a World War II grenade, and her memories to sustain her.

One of the most original narrators in literary history, Herra takes readers with her on a dazzling ride of a novel as she reflects - in a voice by turns darkly funny, poignant and always, always smart - on the mishaps, tragedies and turns of luck that shaped her life. And with a bawdy, uncompromising spirit, she has survived it all.

As hilarious as it is heartbreaking, Hallgrimur Helgason tells the deeply moving story of a woman swept up by the forces of history.


1DNC Iceland, FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), FJMS Second World War fiction, FYT Fiction in translation

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