Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night: A Novel by Jon Kalman Stefansson, Translated by Philip Roughton

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Winner of the Icelandic Literature Prize and Longlisted for France’s Prix Médicis Étranger, a profound and playful masterwork of literature from one of Iceland’s most beloved authors which explores the dreams and desires of ordinary people in a rural town.

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“Wistful and whimsical. . . . Stefánsson’s writing is fertile, yielding extraordinary imagery. There are many tears in these stories and in this village, but there is also hope, because even unfulfilled dreams offer guidance, ‘they evaporate and settle like dew in the sky, where they transform into the stars in the night.’”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The Icelandic Dickens. . . . He has the same gift of writing with great understanding, an empathy with troubled souls, and a skill at laugh-out-loud comedy.”—Irish Examiner

In a secluded Icelandic village of only four hundred inhabitants, where the summer brings infinite light and the winter brings eternal night, life appears unremarkable. Yet, sometimes in small places, life becomes bigger. A new road to the capital city of Reykjavik has change on everyone’s minds . . .

There is the beautiful, elusive Elisabet, who cuts a surprisingly svelte path at the Knitting Company. Neighbors Kristin and Kjartan, whose explosive passion bewilders even themselves (and ignites the spectacular revenge of Kjartan’s wife). Timid Jonas, who takes on the role of town policeman when his imposing father passes away. And the most successful businessman in town, who abandons his Range Rover and gorgeous wife in exchange for Latin books and stargazing.

Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night: A Novel by Jon Kalman Stefansson, Translated by Philip Roughton