Today I went by one of the book stores on my way back from school. Every February/March we have this huge book sale in all of Sweden. All book shops, but also places like grocery stores, have a big amount of books at low prices. Anyway, I haven’t had a chance to look into it yet until today.
I found this book called “Skymningsinferno” (Skymning=Twilight/dusk) but the English title is “From the Mouth of the Whale”. And it’s written by an icelandic author namned Sjón (Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson).
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 burnt.
Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct, having fallen foul of the local magistrate. Banished to a barren island, Jonas 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.