Woman at 1000 Degrees
Herra Björnsson is at the beginning of the end of her life. Oh, she has two weeks left, maybe threeshe has booked her cremation appointment, at a crispy 1,000 degrees, so it wont be...
Herra Björnsson is at the beginning of the end of her life. Oh, she has two weeks left, maybe threeshe has booked her cremation appointment, at a crispy 1,000 degrees, so it wont be long. But until then she has her cigarettes, a World War IIera 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 Herras childhood in the remote islands of Iceland, where she was born the granddaughter of Icelands 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, andwith a bawdy, uncompromising spiritshe 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 Herras story is a poignant piece of a puzzle that comes together in the final pages of this remarkable, unpredictable, and enthralling novel.