Meet the author: Jón Kalman Stefánsson at Passa Porta

Jón Kalman Stefánsson, one of Iceland‘s most celebrated authors, will discuss his widely acclaimed books at Passa Porta in Brussels on the 6th of February.

Maria Vlaar will talk with him on the power of words in a world where man is an insignificant creature in the face of inhospitable nature. The occasion is the completion of his historical trilogy (Heaven and Hell, The Sorrow of Angels and Hjarta mannsins, which still has to be translated).

The trilogy is set in a wintery Iceland before the end of the nineteenth century, when the population of that magical island relied on fishing for their survival. The story revolves round ‘the boy’, an orphan with no name or age. A rural Icelandic triptych unfolds on the fringes of the inhabited world, where the snowstorms of winter seem to go on forever. Kalman Stefánsson exposes the human soul in graceful and lyrical descriptions of the barren landscape and the harsh lives of the fishermen and villagers.

The event will start at 20:00 on the 6th of February. For tickets and more information, please visit the website of Passa Porta:

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