Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest. At the edge of the hunter's territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. By the end of Sjón's slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic world's highest literary honor—The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.
This short novel begins like a fragmented poem as a hunter appears to be losing his grip on reality in the hopes of capturing an elusive blue fox in the snowy, secluded woods: "Now the man has a chance of lessening the gap between himself and the little fox"; "Then he did an about-turn and got on all fours, raising his right leg like a dog pissing on a tussock." The story moves to the days before the hunt, with an eerie tale of a girl found in a ship's hold, and then continues into her eventual legacy. The shifts in chronology just before, just after create tension, at once elucidating and perplexing.