Icelandic Authors

A list of Icelandic authors and their books in translations.

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Sigrún Pálsdóttir

English Enska Fiction Fræðibækur Non–fiction Skáldverk

Sigrún Pálsdóttir completed a PhD the History of Ideas at the University of Oxford in 2001, after which she was a research fellow at the University of Iceland, and the editor of Saga, the principal peer-reviewed journal for Icelandic history. Her historical works include the 19th century biography Þóra biskups (Thora. A Bishop's Daughter, 2010) and Sigrún og Friðgeir (Uncertain Seas, 2013), a story of a young couple and their three children who were killed when sailing from New York to Iceland aboard a ship torpedoed by a German submarine in 1944. Sigrún's first novel Kompa (History. A Mess, 2016/2019) is a satirical fiction about a young historian who realizes that the premises for her doctoral thesis is unfounded. Her second novel and most recent work is the novel Delluferðin (Runaround, 2019), a tragicomic tale about the preservation of cultural treasure in 19th century Iceland and New York.

Pálsdóttir's works has been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize, Icelandic Women's Literature Prize, Hagthenkir Prize, DV Cultural Prize and Icelandic Booksellers Prize.

Works in translation

  • Kompa (History. A Mess) 2016

USA (Open Letter, 2019)