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Hotel Silence


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Audur Ava Olafsdottir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in the history of art. She has published a poetry collection and several novels, including Butterflies in November, which was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and The Greenhouse, which was translated into twenty-two languages, won the DV Culture Award for Literature, and was a finalist for the Nordic Council Literature Award. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik as the director of the University of Iceland's Art Museum.



"Hotel Silence is one of the most human books I've read in a while. It reminds me of The Clown by Heinrich Boll. I loved it." --Daniel Wallace, author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish "Jonas Ebeneser leaves his home in Iceland for a city thousands of miles away pummeled by war and violence, now at tentative peace. He brings with him only his toolbox, scars, and grief. While he plans his suicide, the people of the town draw him out with their endless list of broken items to be fixed. With humor and simple, heart-piercing prose, Hotel Silence tells the story of a man and his past, and the community where he finds himself. Olafsdottir's world is full of surprise, sadness, love, and transformation. I didn't want it to end." --Bethany Ball, author of What To Do About The Solomons "Witty, soulful, lighthearted, and tender, this charming and immersive new work from the award-winning author of Butterflies in November is a great choice for book discussion groups." --Library Journal (starred review) "Told in surreal, almost Kafkaesque prose, Olafsdottir's stunning story is about one man's unexpected reawakening. An engaging and surprising tale of transformation." --Kirkus Reviews "Hotel Silence is a beautifully spare and insightful tale of redemption." --Booklist

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