The Boy Who Never Was

Translated by Victoria Cribb

You will fall under the Icelandic trance of this queer volcanic hymn.

—Recommended by Ryan

The mind-bending miniature historical epic is Sjón's specialty, and Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was is no exception. But it is also Sjón's most realistic, accessible, and heartfelt work yet. It is the story of a young man on the fringes of a society that is itself at the fringes of the world--at what seems like history's most tumultuous, perhaps ultimate moment.

Máni Steinn is queer in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. His city, Reykjavik in 1918, is homogeneous and isolated and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which has already torn through Europe, Asia, and North America and is now lapping up on Iceland's shores. And if the flu doesn't do it, there's always the threat that war will spread all the way north. And yet the outside world has also brought Icelanders cinema! And there's nothing like a dark, silent room with a film from Europe flickering on the screen to help you escape from the overwhelming threats--and adventures--of the night, to transport you, to make you feel like everything is going to be all right. For Máni Steinn, the question is whether, at Reykjavik's darkest hour, he should retreat all the way into this imaginary world, or if he should engage with the society that has so soundly rejected him.

Title Moonstone
Subtitle The Boy Who Never Was
Author Sjón
Translated by Victoria Cribb
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Title First Published 02 August 2016
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 160 p.
ISBN-10 0374212430
ISBN-13 9780374212438
Publication Date 02 August 2016
Main content page count 160
Weight 32 oz.

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