Having never read a translated novel, I didn’t know what to expect from Icelandic, Bragi Ólafsson’s, The Pets (or, Gæludýrin, (erm, yeah)).
Set in Reykjavík, chance, destiny, fate, and all the rest…outline Emil Halldorsson’s arrival home from London as he is informed by his neighbour that a mysterious and increasingly ominous character from his past is looking for him.
Split between between these two character’s lives, this unusual tale creatively plays with narrative as we travel back and forth between three parts to reveal the identities and history between them the present now must answer for.
Interestingly written, funny in many parts and smothered in musical references with Ólafsson’s former musical roots showing through (bassist in The Sugarcubes in case you wondered), The Pets is original and gripping despite for most of the time nothing really happening.
Easy to read with interesting characters, this is well worth a look.