This book contains over sixty Icelandic folktales, some never before translated into English. It also contains a lighthearted look at H.K. Laxness and copious commentary on life in Iceland, especially in the 1940s and ‘50s. Icelanders, a highly modern and sophisticated nation, are currently known to the world for being on the cutting edge of genetic research and producing avant-garde pop music. However, modern Icelanders enjoy putting on mystical airs, drawing on their medieval literary past to add a unique dimension to their modernity. Memoirs of an Icelandic Bookworm captures precisely—and entertainingly—this aspect of Icelandic culture.
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Published July 18, 2006
Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction.