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Red Milk

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529355901

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By the internationally acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón, a timely novel about a young Neo-Nazi in post-WWII Iceland and the roots of the far-right global networks of today.

Gunnar Kampen grew up in Reykjavik during the Second World War in a household strongly opposed to Hitler and his views. Doted on by his mother and two older sisters and with a degree from a business college, he is well set in life. And yet, in the spring of 1958, he founds an antisemitic nationalist party and sets about enthusiastically supporting an ever-growing international network of Neo-Nazis – a cause he continues to struggle for and that takes him on a clandestine mission to England, despite being terminally ill.

Based on one of the ringleaders of a little-known Neo-Nazi group that operated in Reykjavík in the late ’50s and early ’60s, this taut and potent novel explores what shapes a young man and the enduring allure of Nazi ideology.


SELECT PRAISE FOR CoDex 1962: 'This is a work of great ambition ... above all it feels like a work of virtuoso narrative for its own sake; an Icelandic 1001 Nights'
The Sunday Times
Sjón writes with a poet's ear and a musician's natural sense of rhythm . . . has mastered (Günter Grass)'s technique of merging history with high-speed comedy and surreal profundity . . . an heir of Mikhail Bulgakov and Laurence Sterne, eases literary references into the text as mere suggestions . . . His wild, subversive imagination is among his great strengths
Eileen Battersby, Guardian
Bewitching . . . His stories compound the dreamscapes of Surrealism, the marvels of Icelandic folklore and a pop-culture sensibility into free-form fables. Call it magic realism under Nordic lights
The Economist
[CoDex 1962] consumed me for the better part of a week. I can only echo Loewe, with gratitude, exasperation and awe. "This book's a bloody thief of time."
Parul Sehgal, New York Times
This book is psychedelic, it's potent and it wants to consume the whole world . . . Sjón is a prodigal storyteller in all senses of the phrase . . . he is a master of atmosphere, a fine observer of the cross-hatchings of human motivation and a vivid noticer of detail.
New York Times Book Review
Sjón's novels are brilliant collisions of history and fable, psychology and fantasy
Chris Power, Guardian
Sjón is one of our era's great writers. Like Ovid, Kafka, and Bulgakov, he is fascinated by metamorphosis and, from apparently limitless resources of the imagination, can convey what it must feel like.
Charles Baxer, The Nation