☆ Månesten || ✓ PDF Read by ✓ Sjón

By Sjón | Comments: ( 438 ) | Date: ( Apr 05, 2020 )

M nesten er en mesterlig lille roman hvor vidt forskellige verdner filmen, seksualiteten, en epidemi og en nations f dsel bindes sammen i en smuk og fort ttet historie Romanen viser Sj ns digteriske originalitet, der kan s tte et historisk stof i vilde svingninger.

  • Title: Månesten
  • Author: Sjón
  • ISBN: 9788792884114
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:


Sj n Sigurj n B Sigur sson was born in Reykjavik on the 27th of August, 1962 He started his writing career early, publishing his first book of poetry, S nir Visions , in 1978 Sj n was a founding member of the surrealist group, Med sa, and soon became significant in Reykjavik s cultural landscape.

Comments Månesten

  • Zoë

    Read during my holiday 24-hour readathon, #readathonbyzoe! Watch the vlog here: youtube/watch?v=KcLPp

  • Fabian

    Did the boy really live or is he but a monument on which to splatter all of our dreams & desires? Is he historical artifact or a faux existence that transcends all forms of classification?In this, a majorly taut & infinitely "intriguesting" short novel by one of the frequent collaborators of worldwide mega songstress Bjork, we encounter lively magic and tragic history, mingled into a new form of genre that intoxicates the senses. It's a major thing in disguise of a minor novel.

  • Elyse

    ZERO SPOILERS NONE!!!!! ( seems I've been here before).but I feel it's best NOT TO SHARE THE CONTENT. I'd like to pass this book on to others in the same way I read it. Knowing nothing about it. This is the first book I've read that takes place in Iceland. My 30 year old daughter works there every summer, so I was interested in anything 'Iceland'. I didn't know one iota about the story. I had not even read the blurb. I stopped reading the blurb after half of the first sentence ."The year is 1918 [...]

  • Simon

    What an incredible short novella and what a wonderful surprise. Sjon takes us to 1918 where the First World War is a mere backdrop trouble to the people of Iceland as the Spanish Flu arrives out of nowhere killing thousands of people. We see this period through the eyes of sixteen year old Mani, a hustler; whose main priorities are sleeping with men for money and pleasure, or going to the cinema and experiencing films and escapism. Big world dramas and small life dramas have equal importance and [...]

  • Sue

    A fable, A metaphor, a parable, a very fevered dream? Just what has Sjon given us in this short novel set in Iceland in the waning days of the Great War, during a time of major change, loss. In this story told largely from the point of view of a sixteen year old gay boy who lives for the joys of the films he sees as often as possible at the two theaters in the city, we see different ways of belonging or feeling alien in your own skin, your town, your life. There are some brilliant parallels draw [...]

  • Antonomasia

    ARC reviewProbably my favourite of Sjón's four books translated to English, and if it hadn't been for a handful of pages, would have made it to 4.5-rounded-up-to-5. A tiny, barely novella-length, story about a shy 16-year-old gay cineaste living through the 1918 influenza pandemic and the same year's Icelandic independence, here was a protagonist and setting that finally made me feel why the author's works are often called magical. There wasn't as much brutality here as in his other books - I'm [...]

  • Richard Derus

    Rating: 5* of fiveMy new #review is live today. MOONSTONE: The Boy Who Never Was, is truly jaw-dropping. From the review: "Sjón operates equally lyrically when describing the antiquated views of the doctor and the simple survival techniques of Máni."Farrar, Straus and Giroux gets 5 full stars because they chose Victoria Cribb to translate this book. Clearly she is fearless! This is a must-read for anyone interested in #LGBTQ lit.

  • somuchreading

    Αυτό το πολύ μικρό βιβλιαράκι του Ισλανδού Sjón είναι ένα μεγάλο διαμαντάκι.Μιλάμε για μια νουβέλα με ιστορικό background, που διαδραματίζεται στην Ισλανδία του 1918, που είναι μια ιστορία αγάπης για τον κινηματογράφο, αλλά και μια κανονική ιστορία αγάπης, αλλά και μια ιστορία ενηλ [...]

  • Sofia

    It is not hardship for me to believe that Sjon is a poet as he creates pictures with just a few well chosen words. So in this relatively short piece he is able to give all the background necessary for me to imagine Mani's Reykjavik in 1918. I did not need elaborate descriptions just his few paintstrokes.I'm left in admiration at how he honours his family, his Iceland, intertwining it with the Boy's story and opening my eyes that people at that time where fighting another war, a war with a deadly [...]

  • Meike

    Sjón is a genius – there, I said it. He manages to capture the spirit of Iceland, its roughness as well as its enchanting powers, in prose that is both forceful and dreamlike, and I love him for it. In the tradition of the sagas, he blends fact with fiction in this historic novella which tells the story of orphaned Máni Steinn, a lonely, queer school drop-out who is earning money as a teenage prostitute in Reykjavik, 1918. What makes the book so strong is how Sjón blurs historic events like [...]

  • Supreeth

    Heart wrecking!This is the first book I've ever read which is set in Iceland, and it was surprising how beautifully this book was executed. This is a story of homosexual boy who sleeps with men for pleasure; his love for cinema; the icelandic transformation, the Spanish flue and the chaos following through.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Máni Steinn is a young gay man in Reykjavik, in 1918. The novella is really a capture of a moment in Iceland's history when the cinema is new but also instrumental in spreading the deadly Spanish flu. This is the last year of non-independence for the island country.

  • Ammar

    This is the first book that I have read by Sjon. A novella set in the end of WW1 in Iceland and also through the Spanish Flu. Mani Steinn our protagonist is 16 years old. Gay. Movie goer. Who comes of age during this period and through him we see a side of the Icelandic society that's less well knows to others. The novella does contain graphic homosexual sex scenes that are quiet long in some chapters regarding this is a short book. The prose is beautiful and the translation is very flowing and [...]

  • Giedre

    And now the boy lives in the movies. When not spooling them into himself through his eyes, he is replaying them in his mind.A beautiful novella that packs a lot more than one thinks it would. I'm happy I went into this not knowing anything about it. Well, apart from hearing somewhere it was called the "gayest book in Iceland". It is, of course, so much more. No doubt I'll be rereading it in the future. The translation from Icelandic seems expertly done, so if you're looking to broaden your readi [...]

  • Sian Lile-Pastore

    This a short, easy to read book that I read in about an hour (walking to work and back). It's about a gay teenager who gets cash for 'entertaining' gentleman, and it's also about cinema and film, and the Spanish flu.It's set in 1918 in Reykjavik (tho to be honest I wasn't really feeling the historical side of it) and is quite a powerful little novel that is almost fable-like. The stuff about everyone dying from the Spanish flu was great, and mid way I thought ohhh the flu is an AIDS metaphor and [...]

  • Conor

    The reviews for this short novella seem pretty polarized between people who have it one star and failed to finish, and those who gave it five stars and were enthralled by the “big reveal” on the final page. I made it to the end because I read this for a book club (god help us), but clearly was neither as impressed by the storycraft nor gobsmacked by the “reveal.” It’s just a spare, poetic set of vignettes covering the Great War-era goings on of an Icelandic hustler. Not much to it, fro [...]

  • Justine

    I finished this book earlier today, it's now 10:30pm and I'm still thinking about it. I wrote that I felt that I was reading a description of a dream someone else had, but now I feel that I'm the one dreaming. I'm not much for poetry. I never have been. I must be too sensible to understand it. This book reads like poetry, or maybe lyrics. It's graphic, but ambiguous at the same time. It reads like historical fiction, then morphs into something else. Fantasy? Magical Realism? These seem too gener [...]

  • Shawn Mooney

    Arresting opening blowjob scene aside, this got boring very quickly. Bailed early due to the lifeless prose. I’m not sure who to fault,the translator or the author, but this is a 142-page novel that should’ve been 141 pages shorter.

  • jeremy

    the defining literary characteristic of icelandic novelist/poet sjón's fiction may be the seemingly effortless way he builds atmosphere within his stories. though most of his books tend to be slight (in length, that is), sjón nonetheless excels at crafting an essence that pervades the story and lingers well after its conclusion. so it is with moonstone: the boy who never was (mánasteinn: drengurinn sem aldrei var til), the fourth book to be rendered into english from the one-time björk colla [...]

  • Vivek Tejuja

    “Moonstone – the Boy who Never was” by Sjón (pronounced Shawn) came to me in a boxful of other books. My eye rested on this one, because I had heard a lot about the author’s previous book “The Whispering Muse”. I wanted to find out for myself what the whole fuss was about this writer and his style. Let me tell you at the very onset that “Moonstone” will for sure be one of the top 10 books I would have read this year. Hands down!It is the kind of book that doesn’t let you be ti [...]

  • Friederike Knabe

    After feeling somewhat taken aback by the opening paragraphs, I was drawn into the story. Set against the backdrop of the end of WWI and the Spanish flu epidemic the story is told by a teenage boy who creates his own world between reality and (film) fiction. Don't want to give much away about the boys surroundings or dealings to survive life in Iceland was difficult and hard for many people, still, dreaming could help at times. Its depiction leaves the reader to imagine the lives and time during [...]

  • Nancy Oakes

    I loved this book. Not only does it satisfy my craving for out of the mainstream different, but by the time the end came rolling around, I was just plain floored, not just by the story, but by the absolute, sheer beauty of the writing. If you don't know Sjón's writing, he is the master of short but downright deadly (in a good way) and thought-provoking novels. In this novel he's outdone himself -- jeez Louise, the writing is just brilliant here. The most striking thing about this book, in my op [...]

  • Stephen

    How to describe Moonstone? Certainly is presents a slice of momentous Icelandic history as the Katla volcano erupts, Spanish flu invades the island killing 100s, and Iceland moves from Danish territory to sovereign nation in the latter months of 1918. Witnessing these events is the title character Máni Steinn (Moonstone), a gay young Oliver Twist-like figure, as he moves through the fringes Reykjavík society. But this is no dry history. No, through Sjón's wonderfully spare (only 142 pages) ye [...]

  • SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*

    I think my reading experience was literally lost in translation. I was unable to connect with the characters or the storytelling.

  • Buchdoktor

    Nach dem Tod seiner Mutter hat man Máni zu seiner Urgroßtante Karmilla gegeben, mit der auf einem Dachboden lebt. Der 16-Jährige verdient ab und zu Geld als Stricher, für die Verhältnisse im Jahr 1918 erzielt er damit hohe Einnahmen. 1918 erlebt Island durch die Einschränkung des Schiffsverkehrs als Folge des Ersten Weltkriegs eine Wirtschaftskrise. Im Dezember des Jahres wird die Insel unabhängig von Dänemark werden, das Land mit knapp 100 000 Einwohnern gehört damals zu den ärmsten L [...]

  • Natalie

    First off, thank you very much to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Netgalley for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. --I started reading this at work. Probably not the best idea due to the content of the opening scene, but buckle up!! I strapped myself in for the next hundred or so pages. The novella's protagonist is a young gay boy living in Iceland around the time of the Spanish Flu epidemic in/around 1918. Mani Stein is immediately an interesting character and he only gets [...]

  • Kate

    I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up. Wow-the first few pages were a shocker. Then as I kept going, I thought-the prose is really, really well done. There is so much to this very slender novel. I guess what I enjoyed most is that Sjon has taken Icelandic history and being gay and the Spanish Flu and the debate over "cinematic influence" and created a story that brilliantly flipped echos the AIDS epidemic. Additionally, the piece about how tragedies should bring out kindness [...]

  • Annikky

    Dreamy, sparse, atmospheric, sad, hopeful. I'm glad I read it.

  • Sini

    Sjón is binnen maar ook buiten IJsland een superster in opkomst, en ook met zijn laatste boekje, "De jongen die nooit heeft bestaan", heeft hij veel IJslandse literatuurprijzen gewonnen. Het is inderdaad een heel poëtisch, fantasievol en stijlvol boekje, maar ook volkomen tegendraads en van een speelsheid die zich aan geen enkele grens wenst te storen. Daar hou ik wel van, dus las ik dit boekje (slechts 128 blz. dun, maar er staat veel meer tussen de regels) met veel plezier, al vond ik zijn v [...]

  • Marthe Bijman

    The first American edition of Sjón’s novel Moonstone – The Boy Who Never Was, was published earlier this year. While I read it, I often wondered just how it is possible for someone to express so precisely, in such visually compelling language, such foreignness, not only to readers not from Iceland, but also probably for Icelandic readers. It is a journey into places, minds, characters, mores and subjects that I had never before encountered in a novel.Sjón stands out for me as someone who h [...]

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