The Atom Station

The Atom Station by Halldor Laxness

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When the Americans make an offer to buy Icelandic land to build an atomic war base, a storm of protest is provoked throughout the country, and it is here that Laxness finds the catalyst for his story.

Told by a country girl from the north, the novel follows her experiences upon taking up employment as a maid in the house of her Member of Parliament. She finds herself in a world very different to that of her upbringing and, marvelling at the customs and behaviour of the people around her, she emerges as the one obstinate reality in a world of fantasy. Her observations and experiences expose the intellectual society of the south as rootless and shallow and in stark contrast to the ancient culture of the solid and less fanciful north. The colourful, yet at times dark, cast of characters she meets personifies the southern fantasy world.

In this black comedy Laxness has painted a masterpiece of social commentary as relevant today as when it was first written in 1948.

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Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Isc.

Halldór Kiljan Laxness, correct transcription of Halldór Kiljan Laxness, real name and patronymic Halldór Guðjónsson) (April 23, 1902 - February 8, 1998) - Icelandic Literature Prize 1955 an epic force that revived Iceland`s great narrative art ").

Catholic.

Socialist.

He was the chairman of the Society of Icelandic-Soviet Friendship, wrote the books" The Way to the East "and" Russian Fairy Tale "about his trips to the USSR.

Laxness`s artistic manner organically combines pathos and irony , deep psychologism, subtle lyricism, humor, as well as the influence of the epic style of the Icelandic sagas....

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Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Isc. Halldór Kiljan Laxness, correct transcription of Halldór Kiljan Laxness, real name and patronymic Halldór Guðjónsson) (April 23, 1902 - February 8, 1998) - Icelandic Literature Prize 1955 an epic force that revived Iceland`s great narrative art "). Catholic. Socialist. He was the chairman of the Society of Icelandic-Soviet Friendship, wrote the books" The Way to the East "and" Russian Fairy Tale "about his trips to the USSR. Laxness`s artistic manner organically combines pathos and irony , deep psychologism, subtle lyricism, humor, as well as the influence of the epic style of the Icelandic sagas.