‘Magical and disturbing’ Adam Thirlwell
An astonishing, mind-bending novel about a woman discovering a community of swan-people from one of Iceland’s greatest writers.
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE ICELANDIC WOMEN’S LITERATURE PRIZE*
In the not-too-distant future, a young spy named ElÃ¬sabet Eva is about to discover something that will upend her life.
ElÃ¬sabet likes to take long solitary walks near the lake. One day, she sees two creatures emerging from the water, half-human, half-swan. She follows them through tangles of thickets into a strange new reality.
Pulled into the monomaniacal, and often violent, quest of the swanfolk, ElÃ¬sabet finds her own mind increasingly untrustworthy. Soon, she is forced to reckon with the consequences of her involvement with these unusual beings, and a past life she has been trying to evade.
‘Ãmarsdottir’s skills as a poet and playwright are evident’ Helen Oyeyemi, New York Review of Books