Icelandic Authors

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Andri Snær Magnason - Arabic Arabíska Barna– og ungmennabækur Bulgarian Búlgarska Children – YA Chinese Croatian Czech Danish Danska Dutch Eistneska English Enska Estonian Faroese Fiction Finnish Finnska Franska French Fræðibækur Færeyska German Greek Greenlandic Gríska Grænlenska Hebreska Hebrew Hollenska Hungarian Italian Ítalska Japanese Japanska Kínverska Korean Kóreska Króatíska Latvian Lettneska Litháíska Lithuanian Ljóð Macedonian Makedónska Non–fiction Norska Norwegian Poetry Polish Portuguese (Brazil) Portúgalska (brasilísk) Pólska Romanian Russian Rúmenska Rússneska Serbian Serbneska Skáldverk Slovak Slóvakíska Spanish Spænska Swedish Sænska Taílenska Tékkneska Thai Turkish Tyrkneska Ukrainian Ungverska Úkraínska Þýska

Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland's most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children's fiction and non-fiction. In addition, Magnason has written poetry, plays, short stories and essays. In 2009 Magnason co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. Magnason ran for president of Iceland in 2016 and came third out of nine candidates. Magnason lives in Reykjavik with his wife and four children.

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Works in translation

  • Um tímann og vatnið (On Time and Water) 2019 

Bulgaria (Janet45), Canada (in English, Biblioasis) Lytton Smith, Canada (in French, Éditions XYZ) Catherine Mercy and Véronique Mercy, Croatia (Planetopija D.O.O.) Casper Sare, Czech Republic (Argo) Marta Bartoskova , Denmark (Klim) Nanna Kalkar, Egypt (Al Arabi), Estonia (Postimees Kirjastus), Finland (Aula) Tapio Koivukari, France (Editions Leduc.s/Alisio) Catherine Mercy and Véronique Mercy, Germany (Suhrkamp) Tina Flecken, Hungary (Gondolat) Bence Patat, Italy (Iperborea) Silvia Cosimini, Korea (Bookhouse), Macedonia (ArtConnect Publishing), Norway (Aschehoug) Tone Myklebost, Poland (Karakter Publishing House) Jacek Godek, Russia (Eksmo), Slovakia (Vydavateľstvo Absynt), Spain (Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial/Salamandra) Rafael Garcia, Sweden (Norstedts) John Swedenmark, The Netherlands (De Geus) Kim Middel, Turkey (Domingo), UK (Profile/Serpent‘s Tail) Lytton Smith, Ukraine (Machaon), US (Open letter) Lytton Smith

 

  • Tímakistan (Time Casket) 2013 

Denmark (Tiderne Skifter) Kim Lembek; Hungary (Gondolat Kiado) Bence Patat; Turkey (Domingo Yayınevi); Brazil (Morro Branco) Suzannah Almeida; Japan (NHK); Mainland China (Jieli); Taiwan (Eastern); Italy (Giunti) Silvia Cosimini; Greece (Patakis) Tziritas Manos; Finland (Aula & Co); Korea (Arumbooks); Romania (Paralela 45); World English (Restless Books) Björg Árnadóttir & Andrew Cauthery; Macedonia (Antolog); Czech Republic (Argo); Egypt (Mahrousa)

 

  • LoveStar 2002

Germany/Switzerland/Austria (Verlagsgruppe Lübbe) Tina Flecken; World English (Seven Stories Press) Victoria Cribb; Hungary (Gondolat Kiadó) Péter Papolczy; France/Switzerland/ Luxembourg (Zulma) Eric Boury; Québec (Alto) Eric Boury; Japan (Tokyo Sogensha); Egypt (Al Arabi); Turkey (Final Yayıncılık) Kayaoglu, Ersel; Brazil (Morro Branco); Portugal (Bertrand); Korea (Booklog); Macedonia (Ikona); Norway (Bokvennen); Albanian Minority of Macedonia (Skhupi); Serbia (Presing)

 

  • Sagan af bláa hnettinum (The Story of the Blue Planet) 1999

France (Gallimard Jeunesse) Francois Emion; Denmark (Gads Forlag); Sweden (Kabusa); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); Greenland (Atuakkiorfik); Estonia (Eesti Raamat); Spain (Omega); Italy (RCS Libri/Fabbri Editori); Yugoslavia (Izdavacka Kuca Draganic); Thailand (Image Publishing); Greece (Patakis); Korea (Tin Drum Publishing); Japan (Gakken); China (Beijing Yuanliu Classic Culture, Ltd.); Romania and Hungary (Koinónia); Lithuania (Zara); Germany (Leipziger Kinderbuchverlag); Finland (Pieni Karhu); Russia (OM Books); Turkey (Pegasus Yayinlari); Norway (Commentum/audiobook: Karviland); US/UK/Australia/ Canada (Seven Stories Press); Brazil/Portugal (Hedra); Taiwan (Commonwealth Publishing ); Lebanon (Arab Scientific Publishing); Poland (EneDueRabe); Romania (Paralela 45); Bulgaria (Ergon); Macedonia (Antolog); Latvia (Liels un mazs), Croatia (Znanje d.o.o.); Israel (Aryeh Nir)


 

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Einar Már Guðmundsson - Albanian Albanska Arabic Arabíska Aserska Azerbaijani Bulgarian Búlgarska Chinese Croatian Czech Danish Danska Dutch Eistneska English Enska Estonian Faroese Fiction Finnish Finnska Franska French Færeyska German Greenlandic Grænlenska Hollenska Hungarian Italian Ítalska Kínverska Korean Kóreska Króatíska Latvian Lettneska Litháíska Lithuanian Ljóð Macedonian Makedónska Norska Norwegian Poetry Polish Portuguese Portúgalska Pólska Serbian Serbneska Skáldverk Slovak Slóvenska Spanish Spænska Swedish Sænska Tékkneska Turkish Tyrkneska Ungverska Þýska

Einar Már Guðmundsson is one of the most widely translated Icelandic authors born in the postwar period. Gudmundsson has received many awards and distinctions for his books, such as the Norwegian Bjørnson Prize, the Scharnberg Memorial Award in Denmark, The Karen Blixen Medal, and The Giuseppe Acerbi Literary Prize in Italy. In 2012 Einar Mar Gudmundsson received the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize, dubbed “The little Nobel”, for his contribution to literature.

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Works in translation

  • Passamyndir (Snapshots) 2017 

Denmark (Lindhardt & Ringhof ) transl. Erik Skyum-Nielsen; France (Zulma)

 

  • Hundadagar (Dog Days) 2015 

Denmark (Lindhardt & Ringhof ) transl. Erik Skyum-Nielsen; Faroe Islands (Sprotin); Germany/Switzerland/ Austria (btb/Random House); Mainland China (People‘s Literature Publishing House)

 

  • Íslenskir kóngar (Icelandic Kings) 2012

Denmark (Lindhardt & Ringhof ) transl. Erik Skyum-Nielsen; Sweden (Natur och Kultur); Norway (Cappelen Damm); Germany/Switzerland/ Austria (btb/Random House); France/Switzerland/Luxembourg (Zulma) transl. Eric Boury

 

  • Bítlaávarpið (The Beatle Manifesto) 2004 

Denmark (Borgen) transl. Erik Skyum-Nielsen; Norway (Cappelen); Sweden (Natur & Kultur); Finland (Like)

 

  • Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe) 1993  

Denmark (Vindrose) transl. Erik Skyum-Nielsen; Norway (Cappelen); Sweden (Natur & Kultur); Finland (Like); Faroe Islands (Sprotin); Greenland (Atuakkiorfik); Germany/Switzerland/Austria (Hanser/Paperback rights: btb); UK (Mare's Nest); The Netherlands (De bezige bij); Italy (Iperborea); Lithuania (Tyto Alba); France (Flammarion); Portugal (Canguru) Guðlaug Rún Margeirsdóttir 2003; USA (St. Martin's Press); The Czech Republic (Odeon); Poland (Tower Press/also as an e-book); Serbia (Narodna knjiga); Turkey (Acikdeniz Publishing); China (The Commercial Press); Estonia (Imahaa) transl. Lemme Linda Saukas; Macedonia (Bata Press); Bulgaria (Hemus) transl. Stefan Paunov; Hungary (Siraly Kiado); Spain (Rinoceronte Editora, in Galician); Korea (Nangiyala Publishing House); Latvia (Jumava), Slovenia (Temza); Brazil (Hedra); Albania (B-Books); Spain/South America (Ediciones del Nuevo Extremo); Croatia (Hena); Azerbaijan (Alatoran) Adapted into an award-winning motion picture directed by Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson.

 

  • Fótspor á himnum/Draumar á jörðu/Nafnlausir vegir (Footprints on the Heavens/Dreams on Earth/Nameless Roads) 1997, 2000, 2002  

Denmark (Borgen/Vindrose) transl. Erik Skyum-Nielsen; Germany/Switzerland/Austria (Hanser, paperback: btb); Norway (Cappelen) transl. Gunhild Eide; Sweden (Natur & Kultur) transl. Inge Knutsson; Finland (Like) transl. Tuula Tuuva; Italy (Iperborea) transl. Fulvio Ferrari; Czech Republic (Odeon) Faroe Islands (Sprotin); Albania (B-Books), Egypt (Golden Pony)

 

  • Riddarar hringstigans/Vængjasláttur í þakrennum/Eftirmáli regndropanna (The Knights of the Spiral/Stairs Wingbeat on the Rooftops/Epilogue of Raindrops) 1982, 1983, 1986 

Denmark (Borgen) tranl. Erik Skyum-Nielsen; Norway (Cappelen); Sweden (Natur & Kultur); Finland (Like); Germany/ Switzerland/Austria (Hanser); France (Gaïa) transl. Eric Boury; China (China Radio International Press); Lebanon (Arabic Scientific Publishers)


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Kristín Steinsdóttir - Barna– og ungmennabækur Children – YA Danish Danska Eistneska Estonian Faroese Fiction Finnish Finnska Færeyska German Greenlandic Grænlenska Hungarian Litháíska Lithuanian Skáldverk Slovene Slóvenska Swedish Sænska Ungverska Þýska

Kristín Steinsdóttir is the highly acclaimed and award-winning author of 40 books for both adults and children. Her novels have earned great praise both in Iceland and abroad, including The Icelandic Women's Literature Prize for high quality innovative works by women, which she received for the novel By Herself. The book was also nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Her first book, published in 1987, received the Icelandic Children’s Literature Prize that year. Her book, An Angel in the Neighbourhood, won the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2003. Steinsdóttir has received the highest order of the Republic of Iceland, the Order of the Falcon, for her contribution to Icelandic literature.


Works in translation

 

  • Vonarlandið (Land of Hope) 2014  

Germany/Austria/Switzerland (Verlag C.H. Beck) transl. Anika Wolff

 

  • Ljósa (Brightness) 2010

Germany/Austria/Switzerland (Verlag C.H. Beck/pocket dtv) transl. Anika Lüders; Lithuania (Alma Littera) transl. Jurate Akuceviciute

 

  • Á eigin vegum (By Herself) 2006

Germany/Austria/Switzerland (Verlag C.H Beck) transl. Tina Flecken; Sweden (Kabusa) transl. John Swedenmark; Finland (Lurra) transl. Marjakaisa Matthíasson

 

  • Hver étur ísbirni? (Who Eats Polar Bears?) 2006 

Denmark/Greenland (Milik)

 

  • Engill í vesturbænum (An Angel in the Neighbourhood) 2001 

Sweden (Kabusa) transl. John Swedenmark; Finland (Idun) transl. Päivi Kumpulaine; Faroe Islands (Bokadeildin) transl. Þóra Þóroddsdóttir; Greenland (Milik); Denmark (Milik) transl. Susanne Torpe; Lithuania (Zara); Estonia (Nynorden); Slovenia (Malinc) transl. Tadeja Habicht; Hungary (Pongrác Kiadó) transl. Bence Patat


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Halldór Laxness - Albanian Albanska Amharic Amharíska Arabic Arabíska Armenska Aserska Azerbaijani Bulgarian Búlgarska Chinese Czech Danish Danska Dutch Eistneska English Enska Esperanto Estonian Faroese Fiction Finnish Finnska Franska French Færeyska Georgian Georgíska German Greek Greenlandic Gríska Grænlenska Hebreska Hebrew Hollenska Hungarian Indverska Italian Ítalska Japanese Japanska Kínverska Korean Kóreska Latvian Lettneska Litháíska Lithuanian Ljóð Macedonian Makedónska Norska Norwegian Poetry Polish Portuguese Portuguese (Brazil) Portúgalska Portúgalska (brasilísk) Pólska Romanian Russian Rúmenska Rússneska Serbneska Skáldverk Slovak Slovene Slóvakíska Slóvenska Spanish Spænska Swedish Sænska Tékkneska Turkish Tyrkneska Ukrainian Ungverska Úkraínska Þýska

The Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness is the undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction and considered one of the greatest European novelists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

 


Works in translation

  • Kristnihald undir Jökli (Under the Glacier) 1968 

Germany/Austria/Switzerland (Steidl); The Czech Republic (Aurora); Hungary (Balassi) Schütz J. István 2004; Romania (Niculescu); UK/USA (Random House/Vintage); Italy (Iperborea); The Netherlands (World edition/De Geus); Czech Republic (Dybbuk); Georgia (Intelekti Publishing); Romania (Editura Arts); Ethiopia (Hohe); China (China Radio International Press) Previously translated into 9 languages

 

  • Brekkukotsannáll (The Fish Can Sing) 1957 

Norway (Oktober); UK/USA (Random House/Vintage); Germany (Steidl); Italy (Iperborea); France (Librairie Arthéme Fayard); Spain/South America (Turner); The Netherlands (De Geus) Marcel Otten 2004; Greece (Kastaniotis); Lebanon (Arab Scientific Publishers); Macedonia (Mikena doo); Portugal (Cavalo de ferro); India (Kalachuvadu); Georgia (Bakur Sulakauri) Previously translated into 16 languages

 

  • Paradísarheimt (Paradise Reclaimed) 1960

UK/USA (Random House/Vintage); Germany/Austria/ Switzerland (Steidl); France (Gallimard); Denmark (Gyldendal); The Netherlands (De Geus) Marcel Otten; Macedonia (Dejan) Previously translated into 13 languages

 

  • Atómstöðin (The Atom Station) 1948 

Spain (Cátedra/Altaya); Denmark (Cicero); France (Messidor); Sweden (Rabén & Sjögren); Germany (Steidl); UK/USA (Random House/Vintage); Italy (Iperborea) Previously translated into 28 languages

 

  • Íslandsklukkan (Iceland's Bell) 1943-46 

Netherlands (De Geus); Sweden (Svenska Akademian/ Atlantis); UK/USA (Random House/Vintage); Estonia (Varrak); Israel (Schocken); Denmark (Gyldendal); Germany/Switzerland/Austria (Steidl); Spain/South America (RBA Libros); Portugal (Cavalo de ferro); Bulgaria (Roboread); Turkey (Efil); Italy (Iperborea) Previously published into 23 languages

 

  • Heimsljós (World Light)1938-40 

UK/USA (Random House/Vintage); Germany (Steidl); France (Aubier); Faroe Islands (Sprotin) Previously translated into 19 languages

 

  • Sjálfstætt fólk (Independent People) 1934-35 

UK/USA (Random House/Vintage); The Netherlands (De Geus); Germany (Steidl); Brazil (Globo); France (Librairie Arthéme Fayard); Italy (Iperborea) Siliva Cosimini 2005; Norway (Tiden) Tone Myklebost 2004; Denmark (Gyldendal) Jakob Benediktsson; Spain (Turner); Sweden (Leopard); Turkey (Iletisim Yayinlari); Faroe Islands (Sprotin); Portugal (Cavalo de ferro); Esperanto (Mondial); Korea (Think Big); Macedonia (Ars Lamina); Iraq (AlMada); Vietnam (Taodan); Bulgaria (Roboread); Albania (Aleph Klub);
Israel (Lesa Press). Previously translated into 27 languages.


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Áslaug Jónsdóttir - Arabic Arabíska Barna– og ungmennabækur Children – YA Chinese Czech Danish Danska Faroese Finnish Finnska Franska French Færeyska Galician Galisíska Greenlandic Grænlenska Kínverska Latvian Lettneska Litháíska Lithuanian Norska Norwegian Russian Rússneska Spanish Spænska Swedish Sænska Tékkneska

Áslaug Jónsdóttir received The Reykjavik Children's Literature Prize for her work as illustrator in 2000, and was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award the same year. Her illustrations have been selected for the IBBY Honor List: Children's Verses with text by Bodvar Gudmundsson in 2004 and The Story of the Blue Planet with text by Andri Snaer Magnason in 2002, for which she received the West-Nordic Children's Book Prize and the UKLA Award 2014 along with the author. She was nominated to the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her work.

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Works in translation

  • Skrímsli í vanda (Monsters in Trouble) 2017  

Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); Sweden (Opal); Norway (Skald)

 

  • Ég vil fisk (I Want Fish) 2015 

Denmark (Milik); Sweden (Kabusa); Faroe Islands (BFL); Greenland (Milik); AbuDhabi (AlFulk); Galician (Editora Alvarellos)

 

 

  • Skrímslakisi (Monster Kitty) 2014 

Sweden (Kabusa); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); China (Maitian Culture); United Arab Emirates (Hudhud)

 

  • Skrímslaerjur (Monster Squabbles) 2012  

 

Sweden (Kabusa); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); China (Maitian Culture); Norway (Skald)

 

  • Skrímsli á toppnum (Monster at the Top) 2010  

Sweden (Kabusa); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); China (Maitian Culture)

 

  • Skrímsli í heimsókn (Monster Visit) 2009  

Sweden (Kabusa); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); Denmark (Torgard); China (Maitian Culture); United Arab Emirates (Hudhud); Norway (Skald)

 

  • Skrímslapest (Monster Flu) 2008 

Sweden (Kabusa); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); Denmark (Torgard); France (Circonf lexe/Millepages); Norway (Skald); Spain/Galicia (Sushi Books)

 

  • Skrímsli í myrkrinu (Monster in the Dark) 2007

Sweden (Bonnier Carlsen); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); Denmark (Torgard); France (Circonf lexe/Millepages); China (Maitian Culture); Norway (Skald); United Arab Emirates (Hudhud); Spain/ Galicia (Sushi Books); Russia (Mescheryakov)

 

  • Stór skrímsli gráta ekki (Big Monsters Don't Cry) 2006

Sweden (Bonnier Carlsen); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); Denmark (Torgard); Spain/Catalonia/Galicia/Basque Country (Sushi Books); France (Circonf lexe/Millepages); Norway (Skald); China (Maitian Culture); Lithuania (Burokelis); United Arab Emirates (Hudhud); Czech Republic (Argo); Russia (Mescheryakov)

 

  • Nei! Sagði litla skrímslið (No! Said the Little Monster) 2004  

Sweden (Bonnier Carlsen); Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin); Denmark (Carlsen); Finland (Pieni Karhu); Spain/Catalonia/Galicia/Basque Country (Sushi Books); France (Circonf lexe/Millepages); Finland (Pieni Karhu); Norway (Skald); China (Maitian Culture); Lithuania (Burokelis); United Arab Emirates (Hudhud); Czech Republic (Argo); Latvia (Liels un Mazs); Russia (Mescheryakov)


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