Oraefi: The Wasteland (Paperback)

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Easy to summarize, but impossible to explain Oraefi is a strange amalgamation of explorer’s tale, travelogue, historical fiction, collection of dramatic monologues, and celebration of place names. Ostensibly the story of a scholar who nearly dies while exploring a wasteland in Iceland, the story meanders through multiple layers and narrators like a stream flowing from the glacier to the forest to the sea. It’s a wild ride, unlike anything you’ve read.


— From Oraefi: The Wasteland


Sigurdsson is without a doubt one of the best writers of his generation. --Frettabladid Daily

After a grueling solo expedition on Vatnaj kull Glacier, Austrian toponymist Bernhardt Fingerberg returns to civilization, barely alive, and into the care of Dr. Lassi. The doctor, suspicious of his story, attempts to discover his real motives for venturing into the treacherous wastelands of Iceland--but the secrets she unravels may be more dangerous than they're worth.

feigur Sigur sson (b. 1975) has published six books of poetry and two novels, including J n (2010), the first Icelandic novel to receive the European Union Prize for Literature.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781941920671
ISBN-10: 1941920675
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English