(Atómstöðin) [PDF/EBOOK] ´ Halldór Laxness


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  • Halldór Laxness
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  • 12 March 2020
  • 9780099455158

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Characters ´ Atómstöðin 106 Ted 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 Her observatio. I happened to find this in an unexpected place a bookstore in an airport The book is a translation which why I was attracted to it Also the fact that so many reviews spoke highly of Laxness It s a serious book reuiring context of the country s history But there are some great pieces of prose which sounded very philosophical and relevant The seuences are about how in some races in the world men don t own the children they seed in their wives or significant other About drunkenness growing up and role of women in general Initially the story started well and I thought I was able to appreciate the translator s interpretation of what Laxness may have meant Later I realised that while this was going on the story itself took a turn Laxness has a strange way of articulation Then again I guess driven by the Icelandic environment I did not know what to make of the story so rated a 3 star I think the author does a great job of bringing in snippets of life that make you stay the course I really thought I would just stop somewhere in the middle I think I will look for his other books It s a serious read and reuires determination and some patience with no expectations of reward So should I recommend Carl Webers Kingpins up employment as a maid in the house of her Member of Parliament Her observatio. I happened to find this in an Captive Embraces Captive #2 unexpected place a bookstore in an airport The book is a translation which why I was attracted to it Also the fact that so many reviews spoke highly of Laxness It s a serious book reuiring context of the country s history But there are some great pieces of prose which sounded very philosophical and relevant The seuences are about how in some races in the world men don t own the children they seed in their wives or significant other About drunkenness growing Paying the Piper up and role of women in general Initially the story started well and I thought I was able to appreciate the translator s interpretation of what Laxness may have meant Later I realised that while this was going on the story itself took a turn Laxness has a strange way of articulation Then again I guess driven by the Icelandic environment I did not know what to make of the story so rated a 3 star I think the author does a great job of bringing in snippets of life that make you stay the course I really thought I would just stop somewhere in the middle I think I will look for his other books It s a serious read and reuires determination and some patience with no expectations of reward So should I recommend

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Characters ´ Atómstöðin 106 When the Americans make an offer to buy land in Iceland to build a NATO airbase after the Second World War a storm of protest is provoked throughout the country Narra. Well played Laxness We all thought this was a satire until Trump attempted to buy Greenland Written in 19461947 The Atom Station is a sharp commentary on Icelandic politics The island had just gained independence from Denmark in 1944 after being occupied first by Britain and then by the US during WW II In October 1946 the US tried to persuade the Althing Icelandic parliament to allow an American military base to be established in Keflav k Like many of his compatriots Laxness was opposed to this He was concerned that politicians were basically selling out Iceland again this time turning it into a military and economic commodity of the US and making it a potential target in future nuclear wars On a greater scale the novel is a parable of post colonial countries losing their identity and sense of community through capitalist investors and the military industrial complex Our protagonist is Ugla owl a young woman from the rural north of the island She is often described as naive but while she does adhere to ancient cultural frames of reference she often makes sense of people and situations by putting them in the context of the sagas she also has strong moral convictions when it comes to loyalty and community she is very pragmatic and a feminist striving to live an independent life Ugla arrives in Reykjav k in order to learn to play the organ and to work in the household of B i an influential politician who is involved in the negotiations for an atom station the US wants to build on the island While Ugla is drawn to B i she is also very critical of his family s decadent lifestyle and longs for substance she starts to spend time in communist cell meetings and in the house of an enigmatic organist who freuently hosts all kinds of freethinkers and anarchists There she meets a morally dubious policeman and feels torn between her feelings for him and B i Meanwhile the gamble around the atom station continuesIn this book about a tired and demoralized post colonial society that is again forced to deal with foreign influence Laxness satirized but also honored many real life Icelanders for instance the organist is modeled after two of his friends one being Erlendur Gu mundsson Unuh si while the character of the Prime Minister is an attack on lafur Thors There was a considerable political backlash after the publication but the beloved writer stood his ground and received the Nobel Prize in 1955 There is speculation that he didn t get it earlier because of his positive depiction of communist thought but Laxness communism is not much than the firm believe that a country should not be ruled by money and that people should show solidarity and who could argue with thatIn The Atom Station Laxness depicts capitalists trying to rule Iceland with money and others who act immorally to gain wealth partly it reads like a grim foreshadowing of the Icelandic economic collapse 2008 2011 the biggest systemic banking collapse in economic history see also Bankster The author a lapsed Catholic also attacks religion to him people are mainly responsible for each other and their natural surroundings But what makes the book so enchanting are the numerous passages in which Laxness ponders human nature and the witty exchanges between Ugla and some other characters Ugla might lack formal education apart from her intimate knowledge of the sagas but she does not lack bravery and conviction All in all this is a book that demands from its readers to get some information about the historical context in order to appreciate the story but then it uickly becomes apparent how timeless Laxness writing is Now that an American President thinks that he can just go ahead and buy a country thus claiming not only soil but a whole cultural identity The Atom Station is obviously very current Btw Iceland joined NATO in 1949 and signed a bilateral defence agreement with the United States in 1951 You can learn about Iceland and NATO here

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Characters ´ Atómstöðin 106 Ns 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. But it is always possible to kill someone said the god Brilliantine The other replied Yes if one has an atom bomb It is both intolerable and unseemly that a divine being like me Benjamin should not have an atom bomb while Du Pont has an atom bomb I shall now tell you what you ought to do said the organist and placed before him a plate containing a few curled up pastries and some broken biscuits You should compose a ballad about Du Pont and his atom bomb I know what I m going to do said the god Brilliantine I m going to divorce my wife and become a success I m going to be a political figure I m going to become a Minister and swear on oath and get a decoration You two are slipping said the organist When I first knew you you were satisfied just to be God gods Why may we not achieve a little success said the god Why may we not get a decoration Petty criminals never get decorations said the organist Only the lackeys of the big ones get that sort of thing To become a political success a man needs to have a millionaire And you two have lost your millionaire A petty thief does not become a Minister to be a petty thief is the sort of humiliation which can only happen to gods such as being born in a manger people pity them so that their names do not even get into the papers Go to Sweden for the millionaires and offer your territorial waters go to America and sell the country then you will become a Minister then you will get a decoration I m ready at any time to offer the Swedes the territorial waters and sell the country to the Yanks said the god Brilliantine Yes but it does you not the slightest bit of good if you have lost your millionaire said the organist So you think I shouldn t bother to divorce my wife asked the god Is there any reason for divorcing wives unless they themselves wish it asked the organist But at least it will be all right for us to shorten Oli Figure by a head said the god It all depends said the organist Have a biscuitI think to love this novel you need these four things1 A deep appreciation for the absurd2 Extensive knowledge of the Icelandic sagas3 An enthusiastic interest in post WWII Icelandic politics and history4 Terrible taste in novels


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    (Atómstöðin) [PDF/EBOOK] ´ Halldór Laxness But it is always possible to kill someone said the god Brilliantine The other replied Yes if one has an atom bomb It is both intolerable and unseemly that a divine being like me Benjamin should not have an atom bomb while Du Pont has an atom bomb I shall now tell you what you ought to do said the organist and placed bef

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