In a remote part of Iceland, a boy and his friend Barour join a boat to fish for cod. A winter storm suprises them out at sea and Barour, who has forgotten his waterproof succumbs to the ferocious cold and dies. Appalled by the death and by the fisherman's callous ability to set about gutting the catch, the boy leaves the village.
'The author has a lyrical, poetic style ... the action unfolds vividly and dramatically, and the reader feels part of the scene. The combination creates an unusually intense reading experience' Alannah Hopkinson, Irish Examiner
Jon Kalman Stefansson was born in Reykjavik in 1963. His novels have been nominated three times for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature (2001, 2004, 2007) and his novel Summer Light, and then Comes the Night received the Icelandic Prize for Literature in 2005.
Phil Roughton is the translator of, among others, the works of Halldor Laxness and The Islander, a biography of Laxness by Halldor Gudmundsson (MacLehose Press, 2008). He lives and works in Reykjavik.