When the Americans make an offer to buy land in Iceland to build a NATO airbase after World War II, a storm of protest is provoked throughout the country.
The airbase provides Laxness with the catalyst for his astonishing and powerful satire.
Narrated by a country girl from the north, the novel follows her experiences after she takes up employment as a maid in the house of her Member of Parliament.
Marvelling at the customs and behaviour of the people around her, she emerges as the one obstinate reality in a world of unreality.
Her observations and experiences expose the bourgeois society of the south as rootless and shallow and in stark contrast to the age-old culture of the solid and less fanciful north.
A witty and moving satire on politics and politicians, Communists and anti-Communists, phoney culture fiends, big business and all the pretensions of authority, Laxness' masterpiece of social commentary is as relevant today as when it was written in 1948.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/03/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099455158