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Magma (MP3)
Written by:
Thora Hjörleifsdóttir 
Read by:
Genevieve Gaunt 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
2 hours 3 minutes 
MP3 size:
90 MB 
October 01 2021 
Available Date:
October 01 2021 
Age Category:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction; Romance 
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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AUD$ 29.95
AUD$ 29.95

Debut novel

In gripping, poetic prose, Magma depicts the unspooling of a tender-hearted young woman aching to love and be loved.

Twenty-year-old Lilja is in love. He is older and beautiful, a Derrida-quoting intellectual. He is also a serial cheater, gaslighter and narcissist. Lilja will do anything to hold on to him. And so she accepts his deceptions and endures his sexual desires. She rationalises his toxic behaviour and permits him to cross all her boundaries. In her desperation to be the perfect lover, she finds herself unable to break free from the toxic cycle. And then an unexpected ultimatum – an all-consuming love, or the promise of a life reclaimed. Thora Hjörleifsdóttir explores the darkest corners of relationships, capturing an ugly, hidden nature of love. In an era of growing pornification, she deftly illustrates the failings of our culture in recognising symptoms of cruelty. In visceral, poetic prose, translated from Icelandic by Meg Matich, Magma depicts the unspooling of a tender-hearted young woman aching to love and be loved.

'A compulsive and propulsive debut.'
Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers

'A luminous and poetic novel ... [Hjörleifsdóttir] has created a whole new landscape for storytelling.'
John Freeman, author of How to Read a Novelist

'A novel that speaks directly to its present age ... An incredibly compelling book.'
Iceland National Radio

'Bulleted, candid, first-person prose that parallels the quickness in which women’s lives can become less their own.'
Lit Hub