On a long, cold Icelandic night in March 1920, Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith, finds himself with an unwanted lodger – Sigurd, an injured stranger who offers a story from the past. But some stories, even those of an old man who can barely walk, are too dangerous to hear. They alter the listeners’ lives forever… by ending them.
Others are keen on changing Gunnar’s life as well. Depending on who gets to tell his story, it might lead towards an unwanted marriage, an intervention, rejoining the Church, letting the elf drive him insane, or succumbing to the demons in his mind. Will he manage to write his own last chapter?
Bjørn Larssen’s award-winning, Amazon #1 best selling novel is an otherworldly, emotive Icelandic saga – a story of love and loneliness, relief and suffering, hatred… and hope.
Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Award – Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal – Historical Fiction
Discovering Diamonds’ Discovered Diamond Winner
Coffee Pot Book Club Historical Fiction (Modern) Book of the Year – Finalist
Readers’ Choice Best Cover Award Winner
In a country as (un)liveable as Iceland in the past, a philosophy has formed that helped its people get through their lives: þetta reddast, which translates to “it will work out fine.” – Continue reading
(by Ewa Krawczyk)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Oops, not that fairy tale. Anyway, a long time ago there was a patient suffering from erysipelas. The doctor treated him (or her) with application of mercurial ointment, and the treatment was so effective that the patient’s friends got suspicious… – Continue reading
In Storytellers Gunnar regularly visits his doctor for special prescriptions. As someone diagnosed with lung problems, he receives a bottle of whisky every week. Had he been troubled by his bad nerves, the doctor would have prescribed him wine, and if the problems were related to his heart, the best medicine would have been cognac… – Continue reading