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Heaven and Hell

by Jon Kalman Stefansson

Set in an Icelandic fishing village 100 years ago, this book is like a force of nature. You can't hurry it - and there's an undeniable power beneath the quiet surface.

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Some poems take us places where no words reach, no thought, they take you up to the core itself, life stops for one moment and becomes beautiful, it becomes clear with regret and happiness. Some poems change the day, the night, your life. Some poems make you forget, forget the depression, the hopelessness, you forget your waterproof, the frost comes to you, says, got you, and you're dead.
Translated by Philip Roughton

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