Today I’m handing over to Ragnar Jónasson, bestselling author of the Dark Iceland series – his most recent novel, Rupture, is out now. His writing style and characters are fresh and powerful and they’re guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you. But without further ado, I’m letting Ragnar take over with five of his recommendations on Icelandic authors to add to your never-ending reading list. Here goes:
I am sometimes asked to recommend other Icelandic crime novels, but I thought I might this time around recommend to those with an interest in Iceland a few non-crime novels by some of our great authors.
We are very proud of Halldór Laxness, being our Icelandic Nobel Laureate. Most of his books are available in English, although the one I’m recommending, Salka Valka, an incredibly strong story of life in a small village, has been out of print for some time in the UK, but an English translation does exist.
- Sjon is one of our greatest contemporary authors, published to great acclaim in English. His novel, Moonstone, is quite excellent.
- Audur Ava Olafsdottir is also one of Iceland’s leading literary voices, and her novel The Greenhouse is one of my all time favourite books.
- Olaf Olafsson is a very acclaimed Icelandic author based in the US, and quite a few of his books are available in English, the most recent being The Restoration, which I can highly recommend.
- Another one to note is Bergsveinn Birgisson’s huge bestseller in Iceland, Reply to a Letter from Helga, an amazing book.
PS: And, although I said I wouldn’t mention crime, if you’ve read the usual suspects of Yrsa Sigurðardottir and Arnaldur Indridason, but are still looking for something in the crime section, you should try Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson’s excellent old-fashioned mystery House of Evidence.
Thanks, Ragnar for your wonderful recommendations!
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