Icelandic writer Sjón is highly praised in the November 11 issue of the US weekly The Nation. In a review of Sjón’s works, written by award-winning writer Charles Baxter, the main subject is Sjón’s novel Moonstone:The Boy who Never Was, published in English translation this year, but his three other novels which have been published in English translation are also covered. They are The Blue Fox, The Whispering Muse and From the Mouth of the Whale. (Sjón has published nine novels, plays, poems and children’s books. )
Baxter writes, “The fixed idea in his work is that other worlds simply must permeate this one, and so, in his fiction, they do. Because the membrane between everyday reality and its counterworlds is very thin, almost every scene he writes is haunted and intensified by the spectral.”
He continues, “If a contemporary equivalent of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita exists, that equivalent would be these books taken together as a group.”
Baxter concludes his article by writing, “Sjón is one of our era’s great writers. Like Ovid, Kafka, and Bulgakov, he is fascinated by metamorphosis and, from apparently limitless resources of the imagination, can convey what it must feel like.”
You can read the whole article here.