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The Love of Fish by Steinunn Sigurdardottir acquired by China International Radio Press

Steinunn Sigurdardottir´s lovely, timeless tale will be published by China International Radio Press in 2020.

"The love of fish is as cold as they themselves are."
Baron Cuvier

Samanta is reasonable, well behaved and a confident single. Her secret passion though are Sanskrit poems which she translates. But then, vacationing in Ireland, she meets her real live darling, a young fellow Icelander called Hans Örlyggson.
They swim around each other for years, like the fish do.

It’s very late until Samanta finally learns to accept the power of this love.

Too late?

“Light as a feather and yet meaningful. This is the short and also cheerful love story of the Icelander, a reading suitable for men and women alike. It is about the “passion against all reason”, which happens to the independent editor Samanta when meeting the married manager Hans. The impossibility of the relationship turns around and becomes a stimulating and intensifying moment. Since the first-person narrator reports from memory, her grief still seems to be locationless, the event remains unresolved until a new love finds itself and the pain flows into the elemental Icelandic soul landscape. Steinunn Sigurdardottir, also in her other novels, added to the insular writing a self-assured note that, away from the purely epic, combines irony with melancholy, the unfathomable with the neurotic, and yet does not lose sight of the Icelandic forces of nature, and leaves me such a happy reviewer!!”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Germany