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Harpa ist Anfang Dreißig und sie hat ein Problem Ihre Tochter Edda ist drogensüchtig Freundin Heide will der allein erziehenden Mutter helfen. It took me some time to establish a connection with Steinunn Sigurdard ttir s novel Place of the Heart in spite of its elegant yet unpretentious writing translated with outstanding artfulness by Philip Roughton The reason is simple I hate spending time with teenagers bent on destroying themselves with drugs and alcohol not to mention the risk of AIDS and this novel forces you to But the author managed to convince me that her novel is than worth reading and the I read the enjoyable it became Its 413 pages are written in Harpa s voice a complex character mother to a delinuent teenager who had her at the unripe age of sixteen A single mother working as an assistant nurse Harpa struggles to save her daughter Edda from the downward spiral she s been caught in and which could only lead to her death Edda is a masterfully realized portrait of a teenager out of control she calls her mother whore bitch old cow tells her to eat shit and threatens to kill her Possessed by some inner demon the fifteen year old girl shares the company of very dubious characters depicted with lucidity and humor by Sigurdard ttir and one New Year s eve she is left for dead or she tries to commit suicide we don t know half naked in the snow Harpa manages to save her life but the incident leads to a decision she hopes would be life changing to move from Reykjavik to her relatives on Iceland s East coast and let the marvelous countryside of her childhood heal her daughterThus begins a journey that takes over four hundred pages and covers 48 hours and half of Iceland True the journey is also inward in Harpa s mind and soul and into the past Besides her best friend Heidur who drives them and Edda Harpa s dead mother is also a steady road companion engaging her in long conversations and refusing to reveal the identity of her real father Harpa who bears no resemblance neither to her legal father nor to Icelandic people in general is thus on a double uest for a place of the heart for her daughter and for her true identity She hopes to find both at her aunt s place D rfinna and that of a cousin who has offered to host Edda The aunt the cousin another aunt and an uncle seen on the road are all uirky picturesue yet angelic in their goodness characters and take us to a bygone world populated with tales of ghosts homemade pies and a natural landscape of uncanny beautyThe journey is not without perils as it turns out that Edda s delinuent friends have been following them and somewhere in a parking lot they pretend that they are taking her with them but in the end let her go after giving her a new provision of white powder Nature is also sometimes a dangerous monster in these remote parts apocalyptic winds are lashing at their car Yet the description of Iceland s moonlike landscape is one of the best rewards of this novel and it will make you want to travel I had just returned from Iceland before reading it and it was a double pleasure to immerse myself into Sigurdard ttir s world The novel s surprise ending both the identity of Harpa s real father and the twist in her love life are unexpected adds to a truly enjoyable reading experience Jewish Life establish a connection with Steinunn Sigurdard ttir s novel Place of the Heart in spite of its Sex Toys 101 elegant yet unpretentious writing translated with outstanding artfulness by Philip Roughton The reason is simple I hate spending time with teenagers bent on destroying themselves with drugs and alcohol not to mention the risk of AIDS and this novel forces you to But the author managed to convince me that her novel is than worth reading and the I read the The Joy in Business enjoyable it became Its 413 pages are written in Harpa s voice a complex character mother to a delinuent teenager who had her at the unripe age of sixteen A single mother working as an assistant nurse Harpa struggles to save her daughter Edda from the downward spiral she s been caught in and which could only lead to her death Edda is a masterfully realized portrait of a teenager out of control she calls her mother whore bitch old cow tells her to Stuffed eat shit and threatens to kill her Possessed by some inner demon the fifteen year old girl shares the company of very dubious characters depicted with lucidity and humor by Sigurdard ttir and one New Year s Cotas Claim eve she is left for dead or she tries to commit suicide we don t know half naked in the snow Harpa manages to save her life but the incident leads to a decision she hopes would be life changing to move from Reykjavik to her relatives on Iceland s East coast and let the marvelous countryside of her childhood heal her daughterThus begins a journey that takes over four hundred pages and covers 48 hours and half of Iceland True the journey is also inward in Harpa s mind and soul and into the past Besides her best friend Heidur who drives them and Edda Harpa s dead mother is also a steady road companion The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, engaging her in long conversations and refusing to reveal the identity of her real father Harpa who bears no resemblance neither to her legal father nor to Icelandic people in general is thus on a double uest for a place of the heart for her daughter and for her true identity She hopes to find both at her aunt s place D rfinna and that of a cousin who has offered to host Edda The aunt the cousin another aunt and an uncle seen on the road are all uirky picturesue yet angelic in their goodness characters and take us to a bygone world populated with tales of ghosts homemade pies and a natural landscape of uncanny beautyThe journey is not without perils as it turns out that Edda s delinuent friends have been following them and somewhere in a parking lot they pretend that they are taking her with them but in the Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. Niemcy wobec nazistowskiej przeszłości (1945-2010) end let her go after giving her a new provision of white powder Nature is also sometimes a dangerous monster in these remote parts apocalyptic winds are lashing at their car Yet the description of Iceland s moonlike landscape is one of the best rewards of this novel and it will make you want to travel I had just returned from Iceland before reading it and it was a double pleasure to immerse myself into Sigurdard ttir s world The novel s surprise Fakers, Forgers Phoneys ending both the identity of Harpa s real father and the twist in her love life are unexpected adds to a truly Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia enjoyable reading Dreams Come to Life (Bendy and the Ink Machine, Book 1) experience

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Urch die Schönheit der isländischen Landschaft erschwert durch die Unberechenbarkeit Eddas und des Wetters eine Reise zum Herzort der Kindhei. Second time I tried reading this book First time I didn t like it now months later it has not gotten any better and could not finish it Would not recommend

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Und die drei machen sich mit einem weißen Pick up auf fort von Reykjavik und der schlechten GesellschaftSo beginnt eine abenteurliche Reise d. My God that was tedious Place of the Heart by Icelandic author Steinunn Sigurdard ttir is the story of a forty eight hour roadtrip across the Icelandic wilderness Harpa doesn t look like other Icelanders and is short and dark and she is a single mother to her tearaway daughter Edda Along with Harpa s flutist friend Heidur they get into a pick up truck and go on their journey Along the way Harpa hopes her daughter s bad behaviour will be rectified and Harpa hopes to discover where she really comes from as she feels she is too dark looking to really be her father s childThe author doesn t use speech marks in the novel I don t know why it just makes the novel a lot harder to read The non linear storytelling and scenes changing instantly throw you a bit I didn t really like Harpa s narration as she seemed to feel sorry for herself too much and was way too indecisive wishing her daughter was never born one minute and then cherising the memories of her the next The language used by Harpa grated on me as the wording was a bit weird and some descriptions fell flat on their face The friend Heidur felt like an accessory rather than a character only there to aid Harpa s egotistic and psuedo intellectual ramblings Harpa repeats herself a lot mentioning she had her daughter as a teenager but never divulging the interesting details such as the relationship with the child s father She never really shed any light on her teen parenthood which is a shame as it would ve made the novel that little bit interestingI am giving it two stars because I did like it in places such as Harpa retelling her experience of her being caught by other children because they thought she was a troll I also appreciated the anecdotes about Icelandic history and some of the scenery descriptions


About the Author: Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

Steinunn Sigurðardóttir was born in Reykjavík in She finished her Matriculation Examination at the Reykjavík Higher Secondary Grammar School in and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at the University College in Dublin in She published her first book the poetry collection Sífellur Continuances years old and received immediate attention In she received the Icelandic Lite.



10 thoughts on “Hjartastaður

  1. says:

    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsThe second contender so far for May's Book of the Month Place Of The Heart is a very different novel to A Spoke In The Wheel and I loved its gorgeous descriptions of Icelandic landscapes Harpa her daughter Edda and their friend Heidur drive across the south of Iceland on a route that Dave and I partially took during our Icelandic holiday several years ago now Hav

  2. says:

    It took me some time to establish a connection with Steinunn Sigurdardóttir’s novel Place of the Heart in spite of its elegant yet unpretentious writing translated with outstanding artfulness by Philip Rought

  3. says:

    This book from 1995 won the Icelandic Literature Prize In a way I'm surprised the book won a prize it's very slow going focusing too much on landscape and inner thoughts It also has an abrupt unsatisfactory ending and I feel

  4. says:

    Mainly it was great Because I've driven the route that the book takes place over I could really relate to the scenery and descriptionsThe writing was powerful even the main character talking about herself in the third person from time to time I wasn't as keen on her seeing and talking to her dead mother and thought this information could have been conveyed a different wayThe storyrelationship of the main chara

  5. says:

    Sá sem spyr ekki réttra spurninga fær ekki rétt svör Þetta er ein uppáhaldssetningin mín úr Hjartastað Önnur uppáhaldssetning úr bókinni hékk uppi á vegg hjá mér árum saman Allir dagar eru endir einhvers þó ekki sé nema á sjálfum sér og jafnframt eru dagarnir upphaf ef við munum að þeir eru nýir

  6. says:

    My God that was tedious Place of the Heart by Icelandic author Steinunn Sigurdardóttir is the story of a forty eight hour roadtrip across the Icelandic wilderness Harpa doesn't look like other Icelanders and is short and dark and she is a sing

  7. says:

    Sydämen seutuvilla kertoo läpi Islannin tapahtuvasta automatkasta jossa äiti lähtee etsimään totuutta omasta isästään ja auttamaan teini ikäistä tytärtään pois huonoista piireistä Kuskina toimii äidin ystävä varakas muusikko joka on tottunut kiertämään maailman lavoja ja elämään yltäkylläisyydessä Tyttären arveluttavat ystävät lähtevät kuitenkin seuraamaan pakolaisia ja muutenkin reissussa on kasas

  8. says:

    Despite the horrid dis functional daughter that has no redeeming features the author is able grip you into their trip up the east coast of Icel

  9. says:

    Second time I tried reading this book First time I didn't like it now months later it has not gotten any better

  10. says:

    This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the MarchApril 2015 issue of World Literature Today Magazinehttpwwwworldliteratu

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