CoDex 1962 by Sjón

Staff Pick

It’s nearly impossible to read the Icelandic author Sjón without quickly falling in love with his unique, slim tales (The Blue Fox, Moonstone) that weave history, legend, fable, and fantasy with a born storyteller’s gifts. CoDex 1962 (MCD, $30) looks like a behemoth in comparison, but don’t worry, nothing has changed. In fact, this collected trilogy that began in 1991 might be his best writing to date. Our narrator Josef Loewe begins his waking life in 1962, but he first came to be many years earlier, as a little clay golem his Jewish father smuggled from a concentration camp. But this is just a springboard for countless page-turning vignettes: romances, origin myths, conspiracy thrillers, and more. Anyone who loves that soaring feeling when an author shapes a book into unpredictable forms—anyone who loves Borges or Calvino—will love Sjón, and especially here.

CoDex 1962: A Trilogy Cover Image
By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374125639
Availability: Backordered
Published: MCD - September 11th, 2018