- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing (January 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941920209
- ISBN-13: 978-1941920206
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pirate Paperback – January 12, 2016
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"The text encapsulates the feelings of loneliness and being misunderstood and bullied all while searching for self-identity that are all too common in the teenage experience. At times, the familiar emotions and questions posed by Gnarr’s younger self can be anxiety-inducing for the reader." Hannah Wise, Dallas Morning News
"Jon Gnarr may be best known as the comedian who became mayor of Reykjavik, but he also impresses with his writing. The Pirate recounts his teen years and punk rock's influence on his life." David Gutkowski, Largehearted Boy
"Here we are a delivered a furious mind racing to process and understand in order to solve the riddle of his perpetual position as outsider. . . . Those who found punk as a refuge in their troubled teens and twenties will delight in thinking through our experiences while reading. . . . Give it a read and remember your first all-age hardcore matinee show." Brandon Gray Miller, Professor, SMU
"In my opinion this is one of the most remarkable books to have come out in the last year...Teenagers should read this book, without question...I thought it was simply wonderful." Kolbrún Bergthórsdóttir, Kiljan (Icelandic National TV)
"Gnarr the writer does an incredible job of telling the story from a kid's perspective, showing Jón's naivete and idealism, along with poor judgement, tortured kid-logic and blasé cynicism and emotional detachment. . . . The Pirate is brilliant, heartbreaking and so true to a kid's brain it's painful sometimes, great for adult readers of adult or YA fiction." Marie Cloutier, Boston Bibliophile
"The language is reminiscent even of Thorbergur Thordarson, with his clarity and simplicity. I also find the history of punk in this book very interesting." Sigurdur Valgeirsson, Icelandic National TV
"He’s a bit of a genius, that Jón." Egill Helgason, Kiljan (Icelandic National TV)
"A heartfelt and searing tale of bullying, rebellion and the search for a place to belong in the world. A story that genuinely touches the reader." Fridrika Benonysdottir, Frettabladid
"...[The Pirate] plainly shows the destructive effects of prejudice and how a lack of realistic options and willingness to understand the boy is soul-destroying and dangerous...The strength of The Pirate, the second volume of Jon’s memoirs, is its sincerity: the boy’s point of view and the narration shaped by his inner voice." Frida Bjork Ingvarsdottir, Vidsja (National Broadcasting Station)
"A dark memoir full of black humor that details the author’s painful experiences as a child unable to fit in due to struggling with learning and emotional disorders, [The Indian] illuminates the struggles that come from being considered broken. Written with cleverly shifting points of view, this haunting narrative invites readers to consider the trauma of an outcast child." World Literature Today, on The Indian
"[The Pirate] is a highly readable book, enormously powerful and particularly heartfelt. A book not soon forgotten." Kolbrún Bergthórsdóttir, Morgunblaðið
"By turns funny and despairing (Gnarr had ADHD and severe dyslexia as a child), as well as providing a glimpse into Icelandic culture beyond Bjo¨rk, The Indian is entertaining and enlightening." Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Critic’s Pick, on The Indian)
"Hypnotic and heartbreaking...Let 'normal' people have their 'normal' heroes. The rest of us have Jón Gnarr, and the world’s a better place for it." Michael Schaub, NPR, on The Indian
"Gnarr’s finest accomplishment in [The Indian], surpassing others in the genre, is the absolute immediacy of the childhood experience Gnarr returns those emotionsall the emotions of childhoodto their context, adding the suffering of learning them, finding new restrictions, fearing ones you don’t know, and we relate to them once again." P.T. Smith, Three Percent
About the Author
In late 2009 Gnarr formed the joke Best Party with a number of friends with no background in politics. The Best Party, which was a satirical political party that parodied Icelandic politics and aimed to make the life of the citizens more fun, managed a plurality win in the 2010 municipal elections in Reykjavik, and Gnarr became Major of Reykjavik (there’s a great documentary on Gnarr’s campaign, which introduces you to Gnarr’s unique and inspiring personality, called Gnarr).
His term as mayor ended in June 2014 and he plans to use his post-mayor years to continue writing and speaking on issues that are most important to him: freedom of speech, human rights, protecting the environment, and achieving international peace. Now that his term as mayor is complete, he has moved to Texas to focus on writing, speaking on issues he holds most dear (world peace, sexual and gender equality, freedoms for writers and journalists), and performing stand-up comedy again.
Lytton Smith (born 1982) is an Anglo-American poet and translator. His most recent poetry collection is The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat Books, 2009), which was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize in 2009, and was praised by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as fantastic and earthy, strange and inherited, classical and idiosyncratic, at once.” He also has a previous chapbook, Monster Theory, selected by Kevin Young for the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship in 2008. Additionally, Smith’s poetry has appeared in a number of prominent literary journals and magazines such as The Atlantic, Boston Review, Tin House, and many others. Lytton Smith was born in Galleywood, England. He moved to New York City, where he became a founder of Blind Tiger Poetry, an organization dedicated to promoting contemporary poetry. He has taught at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Plymouth University, and is currently a professor at SUNY-Oneonta. He has translated two other novels from Icelandic: The Ambassador, by Bragi Ólafsson (Open Letter 2010) and Children in Reindeer Woods by Kristín Ómarsdóttir (Open Letter, 2012).
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