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Books from 2014
2014
Books
from
Icelandic Literature Center
Hverfisgata 54
101 Reykjavík
Iceland
Tel. +354 552 8500
Fax +354 552 8181
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Iceland
English working title
Moonstone – The Boy
Who Never Was
by Sjón
(b. 1962)
Original title
Mánasteinn – Drengurinn sem aldrei var til
Publisher
JPV / Forlagið, 2013
132 pp.
Genre
Novel
About the book
Árið er 1918 og frá Reykjavík má sjá eldgosið í
Kötlu mála himininn nótt sem dag. Lífið í höfuðstaðnum
um bækur Sjóns:
SjóN
DRENguRiNN SEM aLDREi VaR tiL
★★★★★
gengur sinn vanagang þrátt fyrir náttúruhamfarir, kola-
„ L E S t R a R u p p L i f u N Á R S i N S.“
skort og styrjöldina úti í hinum stóra heimi. Íslendingar
framúrskarandi; ísmeygilegur húmor
og myndbreytingatöfrar.
t H E Wa L L S t R E E t j o u R N a L
friðrika Benónýsdóttir / fréttablaðið
búa sig undir að verða fullvalda þjóð.
Sjón skrifar eins og maður í álögum,
innblásinn af seiðmagni og töfrum
og mikilli orðheppni. Hann er skelmir
í fremstu röð.
Drengurinn Máni Steinn lifir í kvikmyndunum. Sofandi dreymir hann myndirnar í tilbrigðum þar
sem vefur atburðanna er slunginn þráðum úr hans eigin
Sjón fékk Bókmenntaverðlaun
Norðurlandaráðs árið 2005 fyrir
Skugga-Baldur. Hann hefur gefið
út fjölda skáldverka sem þýdd hafa
verið á erlend tungumál.
Wa S H i N g t o N p o S t
lífi. Vakandi hefst hann við á jaðri samfélagsins.
En þá tekur spænska veikin land og leggur
Sjón er orðinn einn þeirra evrópsku
nútímarithöfunda sem ekki er unnt
að líta fram hjá.
þúsundir bæjarbúa á sóttarsæng, sviptir hundruð lífinu.
Skuggar tilverunnar dýpka. Í brjósti Mána Steins ólmast
E L pa Í S
svartir vængir. Það súgar milli heima í veröld þar sem líf
og dauði, veruleiki og ímyndun, leyndarmál og afhjúpanir
Sjón er einn frumlegasti og veigamesti
rithöfundur Íslands.
vegast á.
D E R tag E S S p i E g E L
„…a f a R Þ é t t o g V ö N D u ð
S K Á L D S a g a.“
Einar falur ingólfsson / Morgunblaðið
„E i N a f B E S t u
S K Á L D S ö g u M Á R S i N S.“
S j ó N
Kolbrún Bergþórsdóttir / Kiljan
Awards and nominations
The Icelandic Literary Prize 2013,
The Icelandic Bookseller’s Prize,
The DV Newspaper Literary Prize.
Rights
Literary agent: Licht & Burr
Contact
Trine Licht, [email protected]
The year is 1918 and from Reykjavík the erupting
volcano Katla can be seen colouring the sky
night and day. Life in the small capital carries
on as usual despite the natural disaster, shortage
of coals and the Great War that still wages in
the big world. The sixteen year old kid Máni
Steinn lives for the movies. Asleep he dreams
the pictures in variations where the tapestry of
events is threaded with strands from his own
life. Awake he lives on the outskirts of society.
But then the “Spanish influenza” epidemic
comes ashore and forces thousands of the
townspeople into the sick bed, killing hundreds.
About the author
Sjón has published numerous poetry collections
and seven novels, as well as written plays,
librettos and picture books for children. His
long-time collaboration with the Icelandic
singer Björk led to an Oscar nomination for
his lyrics for the Lars von Trier movie Dancer
in the Dark. In 2005 Sjón won the prestigious
Nordic Council Literature Prize for his fifth
novel The Blue Fox which in 2009 was nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction
Prize. Sjón’s poems have been translated into
more than twenty languages. His latest novel,
From the Mouth of the Whale, was shortlisted for
the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012.
English working title
English working title
The Woman With the Yellow Bag
Dignity
by Vigdís Grímsdóttir
by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson
(b. 1953)
(b. 1957)
Original title
Original title
Dísusaga. Konan með gulu töskuna
Sæmd
Publisher
Publisher
JPV / Forlagið, 2013
JPV / Forlagið, 2013
Genre
Genre
Novel
Novel
About the book
About the book
When it’s finally revealed that Dísa Gríms from
Klepps­vegur will get to write her own book,
she tells her story plainly. The book Átells the
very power­ful story of a ten-year-old girl who
is exposed to violence and locks herself into
a dungeon of silence and hiding games. This
is Dísa’s story, a story of vio­lence, honesty and
generosity.
Towards the end of 1882, Ólafur Árnason, a
student at the Latin School, filches a book from
his school­mate. In charge of the school is one
of the country’s most distinguished scholars,
Björn M. Ólsen, who regards it as his life’s
work to drag the nation out of ignorance and
wretched­ness, a task that requires harshness
and disci­pline. A story of crime and punishment, brav­ery, the nature of power, class
division, the poet’s role in society – and honour.
384 pp.
„Stórkostleg bók, bók sem fjallar
á svo ekta hátt um tilfinningalíf höfunda.“
Soffía auður BirgiSdót tir / Kil jan
★★★★★
„Hún tekst á við sjálfa sig,
þetta er bók sem skiptir máli.“
„… lifandi, sorgleg, litrík og skemmtileg …“
Sigurður ValgeirSSon / Kil jan
Dísu
Hr afn Jökul sson / Pressan.is
„Þetta er afar tilfinningarík
og sérlega persónuleg saga …“
KolBrún BergÞórSdót tir / MorgunBl aðið
„lykilverk á hennar ferli, og eykur manni
skilning á öllu því sem hún var að gera á undan …
bráðfyndin líka … stórmerkilegt hjá henni.
Bók sem við mælum óhikað með.“
egill HelgaSon / Kil jan
köldu vetrarkvöldi árið 1882 situr Benedikt
Gröndal skáld í einkennilega húsinu sínu og
ákveður að rífa sig upp úr drykkju og draumórum og
mæta til kennslustarfa í Lærða skólanum daginn eftir.
Þar er hins vegar kominn til valda helsti lærdómsmaður landsins, Björn M. Ólsen, sem lítur á það sem
sitt lífsverkefni að hefja þjóðina upp úr fáfræði og
vesældómi; og það verði ekki gert án hörku og aga.
Skólapiltar voru fjöregg landsins og framtíð, og því
áríðandi að ala þá upp í réttum anda. Ólíkir menn,
ólíkar hugmyndir – og atvik í skólanum verður til
þess að þeim lýstur saman.
„Meistaralegar mannlýsingar og áhugaverð
gegnumlýsing á samfélagi karla í fortíðinni.“
JÓN YNGvi JÓhANNSSoN / FréTTABLAðið
„orðgnótt hans og stílfimi setur verk hans í
flokk þess besta sem ritað er á íslenska tungu
… hér er hann í sínu allra besta formi …“
FrÍðA BJörk iNGvArSdÓTTir / vÍðSJá
„Lýtalaus, spennandi, hugsana- og tilfinningavekjandi saga.“
ÞorGEir TrYGGvASoN
„Stórskemmtileg bók …“
SiGurður G. TÓMASSoN / kiLJAN
Konan með Gulu tösKuna
„… óvægið uppgjör konu við sjálfa sig
og skálds við skáldskap sinn.
að sama skapi er þetta óður til manneskjunnar
og náttúrunnar í sinni hreinustu mynd …
fyrst og fremst vekur hún lesanda til umhugsunar
um þau átök sem geta átt sér stað innra
með manneskju og tengsl hennar
við umhverfi sitt og aðra.“
„Snilld Guðmundar Andra í bókinni felst
í meistaralegum og nærfærnum mannlýsingum, stemmningsatburðum sem fá
lesandann til að lenda hægt og hljótt inni
í samkvæmum og atburðum fyrir fjórum
mannsöldrum.“
BJArNi hArðArSoN / PrESSAN.iS
„… hann er einn okkar allra flottasti stílisti
… maður nýtur þess að lesa á hverri einustu
blaðsíðu.“
SoFFÍA Auður BirGiSdÓTTir / kiLJAN
ÁsDís siGmunDsDót tir / VíðsjÁ
About the author
„Bókin er áhrifamikil og heldur lesandanum
föngnum frá upphafi til enda. Þetta er ein af
þeim bókum sem maður mun lesa aftur og
aftur. klárlega skyldulesning.“
Guðmundur Andri
Thorsson er einn snjallasti rithöfundur þjóðarinnar, víðkunnur og vinsæll
pistlahöfundur og hefur
skrifað fjölda skáldverka
sem hlotið hafa mikið
lof, ekki síst fyrir stílgáfu
höfundarins. Síðasta bók
hans, Valeyrarvalsinn, var
tilnefnd til Bókmenntaverðlauna Norðurlandaráðs
fyrir Íslands hönd.
Í þessari heillandi og fágætlega vel skrifuðu sögu er
byggt á raunverulegum atburðum og persónum, og
þær notaðar til þess að draga upp áhrifamikla mynd
af svipmiklu fólki og mannlífi á viðkvæmu skeiði
í sögu þjóðarinnar. En Sæmd er líka saga um glæp
og refsingu, hugrekki, eðli valdsins, stéttaskiptingu,
hlutverk skáldsins í samfélaginu – og sæmdina.
Sæmd
g r í m s d ó t t i r
g r í m s d ó t t i r
Guðmundur Andri Thorsson
V i g d í s
V i g d í s
175 pp.
Guðmundur Andri Thorsson
Victim! Nei, ég álít mig andskotann
ekki fyrir „victim“ – ég sem sit og stend
með hnefann í vasanum og öxina
á lofti, hvenær sem færi gefst
. . . en ég er stundum óánægður
með circumstantias.
„Þetta er vel sögð saga, afar fallega skrifuð
og sviðsetningar ljóðrænar og vandaðar ...“
Einar Falur ingólFsson / Morgunblaðið
SKÁLDSAGA
GuðMuNdur GuNNArSSoN / EYJAN.iS
Awards and nominations
Nominated for the Icelandic
Literary Prize 2013 and the
Icelandic Women Literature Prize.
Rights:
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact:
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
Vigdís Grímsdóttir has received widespread
recog­nition for her work and her books have
been translated into several languages. Vigdís
has won many prizes for her writing, including
the Icelandic Literary Prize. Two of her novels
have been adapted for the stage in Sweden
and Iceland, and one of her novels, Cold Light
(Kaldaljós), has been made into a major motion
picture.
Awards and nominations
About the author
Nominated for the Icelandic
Literary Prize 2013.
Guðmundur Andri Thorsson is a writer and the
director of the literary magazine TMM and a
columnist for Icelands biggest newspaper,
besides working as an editor for a publishing
house. He has also translated several works of
fiction into Icelandic. His novel The Valeyri Waltz
was nominated for the Nordic Council
Literature Prize.
Rights
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
English working title
English working title
The Man from Manitoba
The Exchange
by Arnaldur Indriðason
by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
(b. 1961)
(b. 1963)
Original title
Original title
Skuggasund
Lygi
Publisher
Publisher
Vaka-Helgafell / Forlagið, 2013
Veröld, 2013
Genre
Genre
Crime
Crime
About the book
About the book
An old man is found dead in his apartment in
Reykjavik. On his desk are newspaper clippings
going back to the Second World War about
a brutal m
­ urder: a girl was found strangled
behind the National Theater, which at the time
was a storage facility for the American Army.
This is Arnaldur’s 17th book. Here he treads
unknown paths following a new character; both
during the present and during the World War.
Four Icelanders take a trip to a lighthouse on a
cliff in the Atlantic Ocean only accessible by heli­
copter. An Icelandic family returns to their house
after a home exchange, only to find the American
guests have disappeared. A police woman comes
across a fragment of an old police report of a
case in which her husband was interrogated as a
young boy. Three threads come together in
a spine-chilling story where nothing is as it seems.
About the author
About the author
316 pp.
De Telegraaf
„... einn af bestu glæpasagna­
höfundum samtímans.“
The Sunday Times
arnaldur
indriðason
Arnaldur Indriðason has the rare distinction
Awards and nominations
Premio RBA de Novela Negra 2013. of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize
two years running. He is also the winner of
Rights:
the highly respected and world famous CWA
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel
Contact:
of the year in the English language, Silence
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
of the Grave. Arnaldur’s novels have been
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
published in over 40 languages and sold in
[email protected]
more than 10 million copies worldwide.
401 pp.
Rights
Salomonsson Agency
Contact
Jessica Bager,
[email protected]
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is the bestselling Icelandic
crime author of the Þóra Guðmundsdóttir
series as well as several stand-alone thrillers.
She made her crime fiction debut in 2005
with Þriðja táknið / Last Ritual, the first book
in the Þóra Guðmundsdóttir series, and has
been translated into more than 30 languages.
English working title
English working title
Fair Fish
Dreamsword
by Sveinn Kjartansson &
Áslaug Snorradóttir (photography)
by Kjartan Yngvi Björnsson &
Snæbjörn Brynjarsson
(b. 1963 & 1967)
(b. 1984)
Original title
Original title
Fagur fiskur
Draumsverð
Publisher
Publisher
JPV / Forlagið, 2013
Vaka-Helgafell / Forlagið, 2013
Genre
Genre
Nonfiction / cooking book
Fiction 10+ years
223 pp.
555 pp.
About the book
About the book
This entertaining and unusual cookery book
contains recipes and facts about seafood, and
aims to encourage people to eat more fish,
and to convince the reader that preparing
fish can be exciting and straightforward,
whether cooking for a feast or for everyday.
This is the book of the TV series produced by
chef Sveinn Kjartansson and photographer
Áslaug Snorradóttir and others.
S V E I N N K J A R TA N S S O N
ÁSL AUG SNORR ADÓT TIR
angar vakna,
í mánans véum.
r myrkum glufum
mátt aftur sækja.
ungrið mun alla
heima sverfa.
óttin mun herja,
styrkur mun þverra.
Innsiglin sjö sem vitringarnir skópu fyrir nærri þúsund
árum eru að rofna. Skuggarnir geta því aftur snert heimana þrjá
og eftir að manngálkn þeirra réðust á þorpið Vébakka
hafa Ragnar, Breki og Sirja verið á flótta.
Leið þeirra liggur nú suður á bóginn, inn í Yglumýri, þar sem
að bjóða dauðanum birginn í myrkviðum mýrarinnar.
Þar bíða þeirra ógurleg skrímsli og Sirja heyrir
gamalkunnan en þó framandi söng.
DRauMSVeRð er önnur bókin í ÞRIggja HeIMa Sögu,
æsispennandi sagnaflokki þar sem blóðgaldrar, falin
leyndarmál og gleymdar óvættir ógna heimunum öllum. Fyrsta
bókin, HRaFNSauga, hlaut gríðargóðar viðtökur lesenda á
öllum aldri, hreppti Íslensku barnabókaverðlaunin og var valin
unglingabók ársins af bóksölum.
S V E I N N K J A R TA N S S O N
ÁSL AUG SNORR ADÓT TIR
Rights
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact:
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
Kjartan Yngvi Björnsson
Snæbjörn Brynjarsson
nornin Heiðvíg Ormadróttin er sögð dvelja. Með aðstoð
Nanúks, dularfulla veiðimannsins úr norðri, verða krakkarnir
Þriggja heima saga
K j a r t a n Y n g v i B j ö r n s s o n
S n æ b j ö r n B r y n j a r s s o n
About the authors
About the author
Rights
Sveinn Kjartansson is a chef and the owner
of the restaurant Borðstofan in the centre
of Reykjavik. He has lived and worked both
in Iceland and abroad, in Oslo and Amsterdam.
Sveinn Kjartansson has participated in three
food and lifestyle series on Icelandic national
TV and is one of the authors of a popular book
of fish recipes for the supermarket Hagkaup.
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
English working title
Cruelty & Wolfheart
Icelandic Model Book
by Guðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir
(b. 1970)
Original title
Íslenska teiknibókin
Original titles
Grimmd | Úlfshjarta Publisher
Crymogea, 2013
Publisher
178 pp.
JPV / Forlagið, 2013
451 pp. | 300 pp.
Genre
Nonfiction
Genre
Crime (Cruelty) | Fiction 15+ (Wolfheart)
About the book
Crymogea Publishing
Model books or exempla were compiled by
most artists in the Middle Ages and in the early
Renaissance to use in their work. Very few of
them have survived and only 30 such medieval
manuscripts are known in Europe today. In
Scandinavia, only one survived: The Icelandic
Model Book.
Contact
About the author
Kristján B. Jónasson,
[email protected]
Dr. Guðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir is the director of
Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Arts Museum and an
art historian from Sorbonne University in
Paris. Guðbjörg has studied the Icelandic
Model Book for decades.
About the book Cruelty
f R AN c e S O I R
„... nýr sprengikraftur sem fær ykkur til að
gleyma öllum eldfjöllunum.“
M AR I AN N e M AG A zI N e
Um Úlfshjarta
K K G / Pressan.is (Um Húsið)
„... á köflum er textinn með því besta sem
Stefán Máni hefur skrifað. Það er ekkert
slegið af kröfunum ...“
f R I Ð R I K A B eNó N ý S D ó t t I R / f R ét tAB L AÐ I Ð
„... atburðarásin er hröð og töff og bókin
öll hin skemmtilegasta.“
ANNA L I L jA Þó R I S D ó t t I R / M O R G U N B L AÐ I Ð
U m Hú s i ð
„... ein besta spennubókin ...“
S t eI N Þó R G U Ð B jARt S S O N / M O R G U N B L AÐ I Ð
„... vel fléttuð saga, flottur glæpon
og enn flottari lögga ...“
f R I Ð R I K A B eNó N ý S D ó t t I R / f R ét tAB L AÐ I Ð
„Spennutryllir ... mikið testósterón!“
eG I L L H eL G AS O N / K I L jAN
U m F ei g ð
„... kraftur, þungur taktur, öflugur
sláttur ... lesandi hálfpartinn dáleiðist
á stundum og hjartað byrjar að hamast!“
K AR L B L Ö N DAL / M O R G U N B L AÐ I Ð
„... röff, töff og spennandi saga.“
After murdering one of the leaders in a criminal
gang, William Smári Clover is chased both by
investi­gator Hörður Grímsson and the vengeful
criminals. When Smári learns that that his friend’s
newborn baby has been kidnapped he decides to
help her, even though it puts his life at risk. Smári
is now the hunter and the hunted, trying to stay
a head of the wolf-pack while saving the boy.
Þó R U N N H S I G U R j ó N S D ó t t I R / f R ét tAB L AÐ I Ð
About the book Wolfheart
Awards and nominations
The Icelandic Literary Prize for
nonfiction 2013 and nominated for
the Hagthenkir nonfiction Prize.
Rights
Alexander is a 19-year-old highschool dropout.
He works on a Coca-Cola delivery truck, rents a
small apartment and owns an old BMW. Life is
simple and days are all the same. But when he
goes to the movies with his best friend’s little
sister he sets in motion a course of events he
cannot control – maybe because he is fighting
unhuman forces that have been around for
thousands of years.
Rights
Nordin Agency
Contact
Henny Holmqvist,
[email protected]
Kjartan Yngvi Björnsson and Snæbjörn
Brynjarsson have been friends since secondary
school. Both are great fans of fantasy fiction.
Kjartan has a degree in Literature and is
now studying creative writing. Snæbjörn
writes for the stage and is currently studying
Japanese. Dreamsword is their second book
together in the Three Worlds series.
English working titles
by Stefán Máni
„... hin nýja perla íslenskrar
glæpasagnaritunar.“
Dreamsword is the second book in the Three
Worlds series, a thrilling saga of blood magic,
hidden secrets, and forgotten fiends that
threaten all three worlds. The first book, Raven’s
Eye, won the Icelandic Children’s Literary Award
in 2012 as well as the Booksellers Prize for best
Young Adult fiction book in the same year.
About the author
Stefán Máni is the author of 13 novels. In 2006
his novel The Ship became a national best seller
and has since been translated into a number of
languages.
MARÍA MEÐ VERNDARMÖTTULINN FRAMMI FYRIR KRISTI DÓMARA
A-TEIKNARINN, 1330–60
English working title
English working title
Randalín and Mundi
in Secret Grove
Mói – Cowboy in Arizona
by Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir
(b. 1963)
by Þórdís Gísladóttir
(b. 1965)
Original title
Mói hrekkjusvín - Kúreki í Arisóna
Original title
Randalín og Mundi í Leynilundi
Publisher
Mál og menning / Forlagið, 2013
Publisher
89 pp.
Bjartur, 2013
91 pp.
Genre
Genre
Children’s fiction (8+ years old)
Children’s fiction (6-11 years)
About the book:
About the book
Þekkir þú hrekkjusvín?
Ertu kannski hrekkjusvín?
Mói’s real name is Marteinn Jörundur
Marteinsson. His best friend and personal
protector is Gun-Joe, an extremely tall and
invisible cowboy. We follow Mói and Gun-Joe
in their adventures involving homemade tires
and trying to sail to America on an iceberg!
Kristín H e lga gunnarsdótti r
Randalín and Mundi get to spend a few
days with their friends who live in an old
summer house in the outskirts of Reykjavík.
There the two friends discover interesting
people and animals, among them adult
twin sisters who breed dogs and make
artworks, a quiet ornithologist and a runaway
convict! This is the second book about the
adventures of Randalín and Mundi.
MÓI HREKKJUSVÍN er eyrnastór götustrákur sem heitir
reyndar fullu nafni Marteinn Jörundur Marteinsson. Besti
verndari. Mói fær óteljandi hugmyndir, flestar frábærar og
ísjaka til Ameríku og búa til heimagerð nagladekk. Stundum
er svo mikið að gera hjá honum að hann gleymir
skólatöskunni í skólanum.
Mói H re KKJusVín
vinur hans er Byssu-Jói, risavaxinn leynikúreki og öflugur
aðeins örfáar sem eru ekkert sérstakar. Hann reynir að sigla á
Kúreki í Arisóna geymir hrekkju-
teikningar eftir Lindu Ólafsdóttur. KÚre Ki í arisóna
svínslegar sögur eftir Kristínu Helgu
Gunnarsdóttur og töffaralegar
About the author
Kristín Helga
gunnarsdóttir
ISBN 978-9979-3-3408-8
9 789979 334088
About the author
Rights
Bjartur Publishing
Contact
Guðrún Vilmundardóttir,
[email protected]
Þórdís Gísladóttir is, among other things,
a poet and a translator. This is her second
book about the friends Randalín and Mundi.
Þórdís received the Icelandic Booksellers
Prize and the Icelandic Women Literature
Prize for her first book about Randalín
and Mundi. Þórarinn M. Baldursson is an
illustrator of children’s books and a violist
in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
Rights
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
English titles
English working title
I Hate Dolphins &
My Pussy is Hungry
Saga in the Night
by Eva Einarsdóttir &
Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir (illustrations)
by Hugleikur Dagsson
(b. 1976 & 1979)
(b. 1977)
Original title
Publisher
Saga um nótt
Ókeibæ / Forlagið, 2013
222 pp. | 224 pp.
Publisher
Töfraland / Bókabeitan, 2013
Genre
26 pp.
Cartoons
Genre
About the books
Rights
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
t eina von Helvítis. Þú, Filip Engils,“ Fjandinn lyfti fingri og benti
a Filips, sem sló ótt og títt, „átt að verða eftirmaður minn.“
Filip leit niður eftir sjálfum sér, eins og til að fullvissa sig um að það
ann sem Fjandinn benti á. „Viltu að ég verði …“
engur minn! Lúsífer II! Hljómar það ekki vel?“
p er ósköp venjulegur strákur. Reyndar er hann ekkert svo venjugur því að hann er alltaf kominn aðeins á undan í skólabókunum
hann vaskar alltaf upp og fer út með ruslið þegar mamma hans
hann um það og hann lýgur aldrei. Aldrei. Ekki einu sinni til að
yfir með eina vini sínum.
Hugleikur Dagsson is the most famous
cartoonist in Iceland. Iceland is very cold, very
bleak and very expensive. The only things to
do there are drink and kill whales. My Pussy
is Hungry and I Hate Dolphins are the newest
collections of cartoons by Hugleikur Dagsson.
About the author
Hugleikur Dagsson KENNETH
can BØGH
be ANDERSEN
called Iceland’s uncrowned prince of the graphic novel. His work
has received a great deal of praise both in Iceland
and abroad, although some people look on his
comic strips as childish scribbles. Hugleikur
has also written for the stage and screen as
well as being a popular stand-up comedian.
Children’s book / Picture Book
About the book
Rights
Bókabeitan Publishing
Contact
Marta Hlín Magnadóttir,
[email protected]
Birgitta Hassell,
[email protected]
Eva Einarsdóttir is a city councillor for the
Best Party at The City of Reykjavík. This is
her first book. Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir has
written and illustrated a number of books.
by someone -with
as much
drawing
as my dog,
HANS HÁTIGN
LÚSÍFER,
FURSTItalent
MYRKURSINS
and straplines that are as offensive as they could
immediately felt cheapened, soiled, even. If it’s meant
- FILIP ENGILS, 7.A
to be funny, it isn’t. The writer-come-artist is utterly
„Þetta
er gómsæt
bók.“
- made it
without talent
and this
should never
have
to print. It is vile,
crude
and disgusting,
- RAVÍNA,
MATRÁÐSKONA
HELVÍTIS and those
Hugleikur Dagsson
Hugleikur Dagsson
“this is simply offensive
so-called cartoons
„LESTUtrash,
BÓKINA!!!“
Gateway
Monthly að lesa þessa bók.
„Ég ráðlegg þér
eindregið
Það myndi gleðja herrann.“
- LÚSÍFAX, KÖTTUR LÚSÍFERS
Eva Einarsdóttir og Lóa H. Hjálmtýsdóttir
„Myrkrið og nóttin eru full af ævintýrum!“
Þessi fallega saga Evu Einarsdóttur er listilega
myndskreytt af Lóu Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttur. Í sameiningu
búa þær til fallegan töfraheim sem er fullkomin
umgjörð utan um notalega samverustund fyrir háttinn.
„Þetta er æðisleg bók. Lestu hana. Þú veist þig langar til þess.
Láttu það eftir þér…“
Eva Einarsdóttir og Lóa H. Hjálmtýsdóttir
- AZIEL STOFELES, DJÖFULL
in Iceland - God help them if that’s true!”
I hate dolphins
my pussy is hungry
Dagsson is apparently the most famous cartoonist
KENNETH BØGH ANDERSEN
are just the good things I can think of to say about
Mér er drullusama
hvort
þessa
bók.inAumar
it. I don’t want
it inþú
my lest
house,
it’s going
the bin mannverur
be recycled
intoKaflarnir
paper for a um
more mig
deserving
komatomér
ekki við.
eru title.
samt ágætir.“
- SATÍNA, FREISTARI
www.forlagid.is
Little Saga is afraid of the dark, but
Mom tells her not to worry. Together,
they weave a magical world of stories
that finally lulls Saga to sleep, and
carries her into the land of dreams.
About the author
sa vikuna er það hann sem lendir í klónum á versta hrotta skólans.
unum lendir Filip undir bíl og deyr. Og hvar lendir hann, þetta
lóð? Jú, hann lendir nefnilega í Helvíti, hjá þeim svarta sjálfum.
„Ég
mælibemeð
þessari
En þú
possibly
- have
I made bók.
my point
yet?skalt
I madebara
the lesa
mistake
opening
it to
what svakaleg
was inside, áand
hana
ef þúofþorir,
hún
er see
svolítið
köflum.“
Since her debut in 1997 Kristín Helga
Gunnarsdóttir has become one of the most
popular children’s book writers in Iceland.
For Ghost Trail she received the West-Nordic
Children’s Book Award and was nominated
for the Nordic Children’s Book Prize. Kristín
Helga has received and been nominated for
the Reykjavik City Children’s Book Award and
four of her books have been chosen Book of
the Year by library visitors of 6 to 12 years.
Bókaútgáfa
3 mm
English working title
English working title
Fish Have No Feet
Breathless
by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
by Ragnar Jónasson
(b. 1963)
(b. 1976)
Original title
Original title
Fiskarnir hafa enga fætur
Andköf
Publisher
Publisher
Bjartur, 2013
Veröld, 2013
Genre
Genre
Novel
Crime
About the book
About the book
This is the stage: the steep mountains of the
eastern fjords in Iceland. And Keflavik. The
town that has been called Iceland’s darkest
place. Here you have a big family story,
beginning in the early 20th century continuing
up until today. It is the story of people who
love and suffer, who are searching and running
away, a story about pain and loss, violence and
a sea full of fish that you are not allowed to fish.
Just before Christmas a young woman is
found dead beneath steep cliffs in a remote
cove in the northern part of Iceland. Police
officer Ari Þór Arason arrives the day before
Christmas to investigate the case, only to learn
that 25 years ago the baby sister of this young
woman and their mother fell to their death
from these very same cliffs. Breathless is the
fourth book in the Dark Iceland Crime Series.
358 pp.
267 pp.
About the author
Awards and nominations
Nominated for the Icelandic
Literary Prize 2013.
Rights
Leonhardt & Høier
Literary Agency
Contact
Monica Gram,
[email protected]
Jón Kalman Stefánsson has been nominated
for the Nordic Council Literature Prize twice
for his works and received the 2005 Icelandic
Literary Prize. In 2011 he was awarded the
prestigious P.O. Enquist Award. He is best
known for his trilogy consisting of Heaven
and Hell, The Sorrow of Angels and The Heart
of Man.The foreign rights for the trilogy has
been sold to numerous countries worldwide. The Sorrow of Angels is longlisted for the
Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014.
About the author
Website
www.ragnarjonasson.com
Rights
Leonhardt & Høier
Literary Agency
Contact
Monica Gram,
[email protected]
English working title
English working title
1983
Johanna and I
by Eiríkur Guðmundsson
by Jónína Leósdóttir
(b. 1969)
(b. 1954)
Original title
Original title
1983
Við Jóhanna
Publisher
Publisher
Bjartur, 2013
Mál og menning / Forlagið, 2013
302 pp.
279 pp.
Genre
Genre
Novel
Memoir
About the book
About the book
„I was dreaming when I wrote this, so forgive
me if it goes astray“ – Prince, 1999. The year
is 1983 and we follow a 12 year old boy in
a small town in the Western Fjords of Iceland
discovering the world of adults and falling
in love for the first time. This is a story about
the search for oneself, desire, dreamlike ships,
old hot air balloons and love, told under the
soundtrack of pop music from the early eighties.
About the author
Awards and nominations
Nominated for the Icelandic
Literary Prize 2013.
Rights:
Bjartur Publishing
Contact:
Guðrún Vilmundardóttir,
[email protected]
Ragnar Jónasson is a lawyer in Reykjavik
and the author of five crime novels and
has translated fourteen Agatha Christie
novels into Icelandic. Ragnar is also the
co-founder of the Reykjavik international
crime writing festival Iceland Noir.
Eiríkur Guðmundsson is well known for his
work for the National Broadcasting Service
(or RÚV), mainly on the cultural radio
programme Víðsjá. 1983 is his fourth novel.
Rights
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and Jónína Leósdóttir
were both married when they first met in 1983,
and neither had ever been involved with a
woman. A fateful political tour in 1985 would
mark the beginning of their tumultuous
relationship, which for years was kept under
wraps, Icelandic society being considerably
homophobic at the time. After a long and often
difficult journey, Jóhanna and Jónína moved
in together in 2000 and ten years later they
updated their civil union to a legal marriage.
By then, Jóhanna had become the Prime
Minister of Iceland, making the two women
the world’s first same-sex prime ministerial
couple – provoking interest around the world.
About the author
Jónína Leósdóttir has a degree in Literature
from the University of Iceland. She is a novelist,
playwright and former journalist and the author
of a dozen plays, six novels, two biographies
and numerous articles.
Icelandic works nominated for the Nordic Council
Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize 2014:
English working title
English working title
Stína
Timebox
by Lani Yamamoto
by Andri Snær Magnason
(b. 1965)
(b. 1973)
Original title
Original title
Stína stórasæng
Tímakistan
Publisher
Publisher
Crymogea, 2013
Mál og menning / Forlagið, 2013
40 pp.
296 pp.
Genre
Genre
Illustrated Children’s book
Children’s book (10+ years old)
About the book
Awards and nominations
The Icelandic Women
Literature Prize in children’s
books category. Nominated for
the Nordic Council Children’s
and Young People’s Literature
Prize 2014. Dimmalimm Prize
2013 for best Icelandic
children’s book illustrations.
Rights
Crymogea Publishing
Contact
Kristján B. Jónasson,
[email protected]
Stína is a girl who is always freezing and is so
frightened of the cold that she spends all her
time, energy and imagination keeping the
cold out and avoiding having to go out into
the cold. Stína’s work sketches are particularly
fun, showing the differ­ent tools and instruments she has thought of making to keep
herself warm and prevent the cold from
getting in.
About the author
Lani Yamamoto was born in the United States
and has studied psychology and comparative religious studies. She has a background
in documentary films and her series of Albert
books have been published in 12 languages.
She lives in Reykjavik with her husband and
two children.
About the book
Awards and nominations
Icelandic Literary Prize in
Children’s and YA category,
The Icelandic Booksellers Prize
in YA category.
Nominated for the Nordic
Councils Children’s and Young
People’s Literature Prize 2013.
Nominated for the West Nordic
Children’s Book Prize 2013.
Website
www.andrimagnason.com
Rights
The Forlagið Rights Agency
Contact
Úa Matthíasdóttir,
[email protected]
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir,
[email protected]
Eitthvað furðulegt hefur gerst. Mannkynið húkir
í drauga legum kössum og bíður betri tíma.
Á meðan hefur skógurinn yfirtekið borgirnar,
úlfar ráfa um götur og skógarbirnir hafa hertekið
verslunarmiðstöðvar. Hvað kom fyrir? Enginn
getur svarað því nema gömul kona sem vakir í einu
húsanna. Áratugum saman hefur hún safnað sögum
um prinsessuna af Pangeu og föður hennar, Dímon
konung, sem í árdaga sigraði heiminn og reyndi að
því loknu að sigra tímann.
Tímakistan er margslungið ævintýri sem teygir anga sína
frá fjarlægustu fortíð til ókominna tíma. Andri Snær er
þekktur fyrir bækur sínar sem hafa komið út í meira en
30 löndum. Fyrir Söguna af Bláa hnettinum hlaut hann
meðal annars Íslensku bókmenntaverðlaunin og Heiðursverðlaun Janusz Korczak.
Icelandic works nominated for the Nordic
Council Literature Prize 2014:
When things are looking bad and economists
predict a massive financial crisis, Filippa’s family
is lucky – they can crawl into their black boxes
and wait for better times. But one day, her box
opens and she is confronted by an abandoned
city in ruins, with everyone stuck in black boxes
waiting for things to get better. Filippa meets
a strange old lady in a house full of children
and archaeological artefacts. The old lady tells
them a story of a greedy king who conquered
the world but yearned to conquer time. There
seems to be a connection of some sort between
the old woman’s story and Filippa’s world. She
and her friends must find the link, which will
hopefully show them how to fix the world.
About the author
Andri Snær Magnason has written novels,
poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CDs. His
children’s book, The Story of the Blue Planet,
was the first children’s book to receive the
Icelandic Literary Prize in 1999 and has been
published in more than 20 countries.Andri
Snær has been active in the fight against the
destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. He
received the Alfred Toepfer Kairos Prize in 2010.
English working title
Secretaries to the Spirits
by Auður Jónsdóttir
(b. 1973)
Original title
Ósjálfrátt
Publisher
Mál og menning / Forlagið, 2012
The role of the Icelandic Literature Center is to support
the publication of Icelandic works of literature and the
publication of literary works translated into Icelandic.
Its role is also to raise awareness of Icelandic literature,
both within Iceland and abroad, and promote its distribution – as well as to nurture literary culture in Iceland.
384 pp.
Genre
Novel
English working title
Evil
by Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
(b. 1978)
Foreign publishers of Icelandic books can apply to the
Icelandic Literature Center for translation subsidies.
Authors, publishers and organizers of literary events can
apply for support for Icelandic authors travelling abroad
to promote their work. Books From Iceland 2014 recommends highlights from various categories of books
published in Iceland in 2013.
Original title
Illska
Publisher
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540 pp.
Genre
Novel
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