Subscribe and enjoy more than 800,000 books
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey 902feb64d8b6d481ab8ddda06fbebbba4c95dfa9b7936a7beeb197266cd8b846
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey 902feb64d8b6d481ab8ddda06fbebbba4c95dfa9b7936a7beeb197266cd8b846
Woman at 1000 Degrees - A Novel - cover

Woman at 1000 Degrees - A Novel

Hallgrímur Helgason

Translator Brian FitzGibbon

Publisher: Algonquin Books

  • 1
  • 7
  • 0

Summary

“THE HOTTEST NEW BOOK FROM ICELAND IS WOMAN AT 1,000 DEGREES . . . What a story it is, one worth reading to further understand the complexity of World War II—and to enjoy the quick wit of a woman you won’t forget.” —Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post “I live here alone in a garage, together with a laptop computer and an old hand grenade. It’s pretty cozy.” Herra Björnsson is at the beginning of the end of her life. Oh, she has two weeks left, maybe three—she has booked her cremation appointment, at a crispy 1,000 degrees, so it won’t be long. But until then she has her cigarettes, a World War II–era weapon, some Facebook friends, and her memories to sustain her. And what a life this remarkable eighty-year-old narrator has led. In the internationally bestselling and award-winning Woman at 1,000 Degrees, which has been published in fourteen languages, noted Icelandic novelist Hallgrímur Helgason has created a true literary original. From Herra’s childhood in the remote islands of Iceland, where she was born the granddaughter of Iceland’s first president, to teen years spent living by her wits alone in war-torn Europe while her father fought on the side of the Nazis, to love affairs on several continents, Herra Björnsson moved Zelig-like through the major events and locales of the twentieth century. She wed and lost husbands, had children, fled a war, kissed a Beatle, weathered the Icelandic financial crash, and mastered the Internet. She has experienced luck and betrayal and upheaval and pain, and—with a bawdy, uncompromising spirit—she has survived it all. Now, as she awaits death in a garage in Reykjavík, she shows us a woman unbowed by the forces of history. Each part of Herra’s story is a poignant piece of a puzzle that comes together in the final pages of this remarkable, unpredictable, and enthralling novel.

Other books that might interest you

  • The Curious Case of The Black Swan Song - cover

    The Curious Case of The Black...

    Andrea Frazer

    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    Sherman Holmes has reached a crossroads in his life, having inherited a large fortune from a hitherto unknown relative.
    
     
    John Garden also has a decision to make that will have a far-reaching effect on his future.
    
     
    The two happen to book into the same hotel, The Black Swan, on the same weekend,to mull over the changes to their lives that both of them are thinking of making.
    
     
    Meeting purely by chance, foundations for a friendship are laid based on their mutual love of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. When a murder occurs in the hotel, though, it isn’t long before their bond strengthens, as they decide to form an alliance and unmask the murderer. They soon find that Death is following them like a faithful dog and, as the case gets more tangled, they make the decision to cement their alliance formally and set up as private investigators.
    
     
    This first book in the series is a romp through a small English town, featuring a pompous would-be Holmes of Baker Street and his own, cross-dressing, ‘Watson’. Mercurially tempered Colin, Holmes’ cat, also makes his first appearance …
    Show book
  • The Very Hungry Pregnant Lady - cover

    The Very Hungry Pregnant Lady

    Emilie Sandoz-Voyer

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    A lighthearted parody of Eric Carle's much-loved classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Hungry Pregnant Lady tackles the mysteries faced by pregnant women everywhere—namely, how can I have so little space for my stomach and yet be hungry all the time? And is it better to try unsuccessfully to sleep, or just give in and have another snack? Pairing playful text with bright, colorful images, The Very Hungry Pregnant Lady is both a send-up and a celebration of this strange, ridiculous, and exciting time in the lives of all mothers-to-be.
    Show book
  • Clean Jokes - cover

    Clean Jokes

    Jeo King

    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    Clean JokesOne hundred of hilarious and funny jokes !Have fun and laugh!
    Show book
  • Sexy Book of Sexy Sex - cover

    Sexy Book of Sexy Sex

    Kristen Schaal, Rich Blomquist

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Welcome to a Sexy World of Sexy Sex.Sex is the most powerful and important thing in the universe, and if you arent instantly good at it you probably never will be and everyone will laugh at you. This is something you should know before even attempting sex.Fortunately, you hold in your hands the ultimate guide to getting your rocks off, rigorously field tested by the authors. Every sexual technique they have tried. Every erogenous zone they have erogenated. Every STD they have suffered from—sometimes for way too long—just to see what would happen.But beware—this sexy knowledge comes with a terrible price: After you have read this book, there is no going back.Once absorbed, the wisdom contained in The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex cannot be unlearnt. You may easily spend the rest of your life orgasming your brains out, and neglecting your friendships, your career, and every other aspect of your life that doesnt involve constant genital stimulation. To call you a mindless sex zombie would be putting it gently. But you will be completely satisfied . . . as will your legions of sexual partners.WELL, ARE YOU IN?
    Show book
  • Sex Jokes - cover

    Sex Jokes

    Joe KING

    • 1
    • 7
    • 0
    Sex JokesOne hundred of hilarious and funny jokes !Have fun and laugh!
    Show book
  • 69 Ways Over 70 - cover

    69 Ways Over 70

    Dee Riley

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Harold and Margaret demonstrate their favourite sexual positions and scenarios. A comic cartoon Karma Sutra for the senior generation. In short, GILF filth!
    Show book