Tomas Jonsson, Bestseller (Paperback)

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By Guoberger Bergsson, Lytton Smith (Translator)
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"Guobergur Bergsson achieved success with his novel Tomas Jonsson, Bestseller, which shocked Icelandic readers in innumerable ways, lashing out as it does at the Icelandic society of the post-war years for its cultural confusion, amorality, and hypocrisy. The main character is a grumpy old man who speaks and writes in various styles, grumbles and babbles and criticizes everything."--Dagny Kristjansdottir

A retired, senile bank clerk confined to his basement apartment, Tomas Jonsson decides that, since memoirs are all the rage, he's going to write his own--a sure bestseller--that will also right the wrongs of contemporary Icelandic society. Egoistic, cranky, and digressive, Tomas blasts away while relating pick-up techniques, meditations on chamber pot use, ways to assign monetary value to noise pollution, and much more. His rants parody and subvert the idea of the memoir--something that's as relevant today in our memoir-obsessed society as it was when the novel was first published.

Considered by many to be the 'Icelandic Ulysses' for its wordplay, neologisms, structural upheaval, and reinvention of what's possible in Icelandic writing, Tomas Jonsson, Bestseller was a bestseller, heralding a new age of Icelandic literature.

Guobergur Bergsson is the author of twenty-one books, from novels to children's literature, and a translator from Spanish into Icelandic. He has received the Icelandic Literary Prize and the Nordic Prize.

Lytton Smith is the author of The All-Purpose Magical Tent, and has translated works from Bragi Olafsson, Jon Gnarr, and Kristin Omarsdottir, among others.

About the Author


Guobergur Bergsson is the author of twenty-one books, from novels to children's literature, and a translator from Spanish into Icelandic. He has received the Icelandic Literary Prize and the Nordic Prize. His 1966 novel Tomas Jonsson, Bestseller is considered Iceland's first modernist novel.p>Lytton Smith is a poet and translator, and a founding member of Blind Tiger Poetry. His book, The All-Purpose Magical Tent was published by Nightboat. His translations include works from Bragi Olafsson, Jon Gnarr, Kristin Omarsdottir, and Guobergur Bergsson.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781940953601
ISBN-10: 194095360X
Publisher: Open Letter Books
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 500
Language: English