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by Gerður Kristný

or The Slaying
A Reykjavík Murder Mystery
Translated by Rory McTurk
with an Introduction by Guðni Elísson & Alda Björk Valdimarsdóttir

Part of our Arc Translations series edited by Jean Boase-Beier

Celebrated Icelandic writer Gerður Kristný's Drápa is a novel-poem which takes its form from Old Norse shield poetry and its mood from modern Nordic crime. But the poem is no fiction: it is about a real woman's murder in the city of Reykjavik, and, through this lens, about all women's deaths. This is Viking poetry at its most contemporary.

paperback 9781911469261
hardback 9781911469278
128 pages