Wednesday 31 October 2012

Iceland's Bell

(Chapter 19, page 122: the novel Iceland’s Bell...  *)

Iceland's Bell is a historical novel by Nobel prize-winning author Halldór Laxness. The novel tells the story of Jón Hreggviðsson and his battle with the Danish authorities in the 18th Century. Hreggviðsson, the pitch-black haired convict, concise in speech in the tradition of the ancient sagas, is sentenced to death for the murder of the king’s executioner. Iceland was an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famines, and plagues.

Another historical reference from the novel "Vulture's Lair" by Icelandic writer Hallur Hallsson. 

Book Description

5 April 2012
A gripping political thriller set a few years into the future when the EU has become a fully federal superstate. A political elite out of control. A lone man seeking the truth Murder, mayhem and intrigue leading to the Vulture's Lair Brussels. The highest ranking Icelandic official at the United States of Europe, Solman Smithson, hears the voice of his old friend Krummi, who is fighting off armed guards. Krummi and Solman grew up together in the Westman Islands but while Solman became a bureaucrat, Krummi went to sea as one of Iceland's last fishermen. The Vulture is looking down on its prey. The chance encounter takes place as the new president, Erich Devereux, is installed into power. But rumours circulate that corrupt votes put him in power. Murders and violent attacks on journalists and academics proliferate in an apparently unconnected way. And as momentum builds in Iceland for independence from the USE the tempo of violence and intrigue quickens. The Vulture moves toward its prey. Fate decrees that only the big fisherman from the Westman Islands stands in the way of the dark forces of chaos. But can a fisherman from Iceland work out what is really going on. And can he survive long enough to make a difference. The Vulture closes in.

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