A historical novel about the fate of the Romanov family in the summer of 1918
In the summer of 1918 the Bolsheviks executed Tsar Nicholas Romanov and his family in the city Ekaterinburg. This event struck the nations of Europe with horror. The Edge of the Worldis a historical novel that describes what happened during those fatal months when the family was imprisoned and finally killed. More than two decades later one of the executioners, the Chekist Peter Ermakov, leads high ranking party members from Moscow through the infamous Ipatiev house where all this happened. He tells his guests the story of the captivity before he takes them down to the basement where the Romanov dynasty came to an end.
The Edge of the World was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Awards.
Sigurjón Magnússon published his first novel Good Night, Silja in 1997, and is today one of Iceland’s leading contemporary novelists.
Quentin Bates translated the book from Icelandic.
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"[Magnússon's writings] explore the unspeakable and unpardonable, crimes and cruelty, and all with a delicate and refined style where the tension builds nicely and gradually almost without the reader noticing it." – Bjorn Thor Vilhjálmsson, The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service
"... riveting and well written ... this harrowing novel grabs the reader by the throat ..." – Einar Falur Ingolfsson, Morgunbladid.
"A well crafted and strong novel about a terrifying event." – Fridrika Benónýsdóttir, Fréttabladid.
Softcover – 120 pages.
Published in 2018.