Foreign Authors on Icelandic Literature

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen (stór)American author Jonathan Franzen enthused about Icelandic literature in a 2007 interview, claiming that Halldór Laxness' Independent People helped him through a difficult spell in his writing career.

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Milan Kundera

Milan KunderaIn an article on Guðbergur Bergsson's The Swan, Milan Kundera writes that the work “breathes the Icelandic landscape from every line.”

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Roy Jacobsen

Roy Jacobsen"The Saga of Njal contains everything needed for the difficult task of becoming a human being," writes the Norwegian author Roy Jacobsen.

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Nora Gomringer

Nora - Útlensk“In 1933, Laxness wrote this story of an early and not entirely willing emancipation attempt in a laconic, observant, parable-like tone,” writes the German poet Nora Gomringer about Laxness' The Honour of the House.

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