Posts Tagged ‘Iceland’

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Five words from the blurb: Iceland, murder, lover, remote, family Burial Rites is an atmospheric story set in Iceland during the 19th century. The book is based upon real events and tells the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, a women sentenced to death for murdering two men. There were no prisons on Iceland at this time so […]

Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss

Five words from the blurb: Iceland, living, volcano, people, remote A few years ago I read Night Waking by Sarah Moss and loved it, so when I discovered that she’d written a memoir about her year living in Iceland I was especially keen to read it. In 2009 Sarah Moss got a job teaching English Literature […]

The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness

 Halldór Laxness won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955 Translated from the Icelandic by Magnus Magnusson Five words from the blurb: Reykjavik, childhood, singer, fisherman, ethos A few years ago I read Independent People and loved it. The Fish Can Sing isn’t quite in the same league, but it is still an impressive book […]

I’m back from Iceland!

I’m back from a fantastic holiday in Iceland. The scenery was outstanding! We saw amazing waterfalls, bubbling mud pits, and lots of geothermal activity.         .. .   . . We hired a 4×4 and drove ourselves clockwise around the entire country, making several trips right into the centre. The highlights (shown […]

I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

 Translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton Five words from the blurb: Iceland, isolated, suicide, vanished, terrifying Iceland is very suited to scary stories – the isolation, the dark days, and the snowy weather all combine to produce a chilling atmosphere. I planned to read this book in Iceland, but after reading the quotes on […]

Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

 Translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton Five words from the blurb: Iceland, boat, fishing, tragedy, solitude I’m going to Iceland soon and so have been trying to track down as much fiction from the country as possible. Heaven and Hell has been on my wishlist ever since I read Kim’s 5 star review and so […]