5 thoughts on “Hjarta mannsins

  1. Springtime. Mercurial, deceptive, magnetic.
    The voices of drowned fishermen sparkle with the faint sunbeams of a treacherous morning sun that makes the driven snow sparkle like emeralds under water.
    The journey of the nameless boy, on which he embarked almost six months ago to unravel the gist of man’s existence in a land where the landscape’s elemental power silences words with gelid ruthlessness before they have been uttered, continues.

    In “The Heart of Man”, the last installment of this epic tri

  2. “Live, as you are able, live!”
    (Because death is ever lurking and ultimately inescapable.)

    Now familiar themes are gently examined afresh, in sparkling summer light.
    The Sorrow of Angels was mired in winter and death.
    The overwhelming message of this is to listen to one’s beating heart.
    Take the risk, and accept the duty to live.
    To live for the dead, so they are not forgotten.
    Anything less is cowardice. Or ingratitude:

    “Bárður dies and the boy’s talents come to light… How can one live with such a sa

  3. The Heart of Man by the Icelandic author Jon Kalman Stefansson is the third book in the Heaven and Hell Trilogy. It only just came out in English (2015) so the library edition I read is in pristine, unread condition. Since nothing else by this author exists in my library, I decided to give it a try. From the first page, I was captivated never wanting to put it down. Stefansson’s writing is beautifully poetic in a way that forms a striking contrast to the book, Men of Maize, I read before it. Whe

  4. “How is it possible to survive in a country where the redeeming spring kills the vulnerable? Where the dark, long winter lies like a dead weight on people’s dispositions and the brilliant summer so often brings disappointment, who survives such things? Durable people, assiduous, sometimes soft with self pity and given to selfishness, but to strong dreams, as well?”

    This is the final installment of Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s excellent “Heaven and Hell” trilogy – my earlier reviews https://www.goodrea

  5. Nothing is sweet to me, without thee!
    This book is quicksilver magic, heartrending stamina, made of a mountain’s truth.Art is dangerous, it can stir up dreams of a better life, more equitable, more beautiful; it can arouse guilt and menace everyday existence.I can think of few novels–let alone trilogies–with the power and guile and sheer majestic passion as I find in Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s The Heart of Man, coming after his Heaven and Hell and The Sorrow of Angels. Read these books! Relax in t

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