Podcasts on Icelandic Art and Literature

Fabulous Iceland / Sagenhaftes Island

Impressions from five eventful days as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011.

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Halldór Laxness

“On this occasion, I think of my book-loving country, Iceland, which has kept its watchful eye on me ever since I took my first steps as an author,” said Halldór Laxness when he returned to Iceland with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

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Literature that lasts

“I believe that we need poetry, if we want to come through the storm,” said the author Thor Vilhjálmsson in an interview with Sagenhaftes Island, shortly before his death.

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The translator Karl-Ludwig Wetzig

Gunnar Gunnarsson is by no means a forgotten writer. Karl-Ludwig Wetzig has just completed his German translation of Gunnar’s Svartfugl/The Black Cliffs/Schwarze Vögel, a novel based partly on the author’s own complicated person life.

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Last Days of the Arctic

“The old woman's face in the window contained a millennium of Greenland's history,” says the photographer Ragnar Axelsson. His newest book, Last Days of the Arctic, is a collection of photographs taken in Greenland.

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

"It would be best to get reviews by E-mail." Crime novelist Yrsa Sigurðardóttir sits with silver-varnished fingernails at home on her sofa, writing up Chapter 25 of her latest crime story.

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In the poet's house

Gljúfrasteinn, formerly the residence of Halldór Laxness, now a museum and cultural center, often houses readings during the darkest winter months. Sagenhaftes Island dropped in on one such reading.

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It's a search for a story

Author Auður Jónsdóttir reads from an unpublished work, Kæra Auður Drauma, at her home in Reykjavík.

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Þórarinn Eldjárn

Þórarinn Eldjárn reads from his book Always the same story.

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Einar Kárason

“It is the specialty of novelists to see the unique in every person”
Einar Kárason, author of Ofsi/Rage, winner of the Icelandic Literary Award 2008.

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8 ancient manuscripts arrive at the Schirn

Gabríela Friðriksdóttir's “Crepusculum” opened at the Schirn Kunsthalle on September 28, and features eight ancient manuscripts from Iceland in an entirely new context.

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Home libraries in Frankfurt

The Guest of Honour Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011 will feature a video installation, showing Icelanders reading from their favourite books in their homes. Here is a short preview of what to expect.

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New translations of The Sagas of Icelanders

“This edition is intended for readers,” says Kristof Magnusson of a new German translation of The Sagas of Icelanders, due out this fall with the publishing house S. Fischer Verlag.

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Soul capsules

“Working with the Icelandic manuscripts is like handling mummies from the British Museum,” says the artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir.

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Where the Christmas books come from

Roughly 70-80% of Iceland's annual book output is probably printed around this time of year,” says Jón Ómar Erlingsson, manager of the print company Oddi.

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Small island, big stories

“My mother was a poor woman, who had nothing to give me but poetry – that was all she owned, all she had,” begins a passage by the poet Þorsteinn frá Hamri, included in Iceland's introductory film to the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair.

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The moment before the fight

“Much blood was spilled here on Haugsnes,” says farmer and former policeman Sigurður Hansen, who – using 450-pound boulders – has reconstructed the most monumental battle in Icelandic history.

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The Saga-Steads of Collingwood & Ingólfsson

In 1897, antiquarian and artist W. G. Collingwood set out on a journey of western Iceland. A century later, photographer Einar Falur Ingólfsson retraces the Victorian's footsteps.

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Journey to the center of the sagas

Last June, a bi-national troupe of six writers, spoken-word artists and performers traveled around Iceland, seeking to be inspired by the country's landscapes and literary heritage.

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The beautiful game

“If people sense that you respect them and their culture, the possibilities are endless,” says photographer Páll Stefánsson of his newest book, Africa – The Future of Football.

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I'm just a shepherd

"I'm just a shepherd who has lost his flock" says writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson. Although he has released two major novels in recent years – Himnaríki og Helvíti / Heaven and Hell and Harmur englanna / Sorrow of Angels – he remains adamantly silent on his current work-in-progress.

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Kristín & the Women

“I was a bit shaky when I was embroidering the first picture,” says artist Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir, who recently showed new pictures in Reykjavík: not painted, but embroidered on coarse canvas.

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Medieval manuscripts to Frankfurt?

Some of Iceland's priceless medieval manuscripts, stored in the Árni Magnússon Institute in Reykjavík, may be included in the Icelandic exhibition at the Frankfurt Book Fair next year.

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Artist Eggert Pétursson

Small delicate flowers in full size. The artitist's glorious flower pictures have recently been re-published.

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Books for Christmas!

Christmas doesn’t just mean pretty lights, cake and feasting – but Christmas books!

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Einar Már Guðmundsson

"WHERE NOW IS THE RAIN SHOWER OF LIBERATION?"

Novelist and poet Einar Már Guðmundsson reads from his new book, Hvíta Bókin/The White Book, at Café Rosenberg in Reykjavík.

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Gusgus

In September the band GusGus will be issuing its latest CD, 24/7. 

Birgir, Daníel and President Bongo talk to Þorsteinn J. about their new CD, and the five tracks, all much longer than the average pop song.

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Elín Hansdóttir

"Modernity arrived quite rapidly in Iceland, which called for a new facade," Says artist Elín Hansdóttir. Her exhibition casts a new, historical light on the current financial crisis in Iceland.

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Gljúfrasteinn

The Laxness Museum

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Podcasts on Icelandic Art and Literature

Gljúfrasteinn

The Laxness Museum

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Einar Kárason

“It is the specialty of novelists to see the unique in every person”
Einar Kárason, author of Ofsi/Rage, winner of the Icelandic Literary Award 2008.

More

Elín Hansdóttir

"Modernity arrived quite rapidly in Iceland, which called for a new facade," Says artist Elín Hansdóttir. Her exhibition casts a new, historical light on the current financial crisis in Iceland.

More

Gusgus

In September the band GusGus will be issuing its latest CD, 24/7. 

Birgir, Daníel and President Bongo talk to Þorsteinn J. about their new CD, and the five tracks, all much longer than the average pop song.

More

Einar Már Guðmundsson

"WHERE NOW IS THE RAIN SHOWER OF LIBERATION?"

Novelist and poet Einar Már Guðmundsson reads from his new book, Hvíta Bókin/The White Book, at Café Rosenberg in Reykjavík.

More

Þórarinn Eldjárn

Þórarinn Eldjárn reads from his book Always the same story.

More

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

"It would be best to get reviews by E-mail." Crime novelist Yrsa Sigurðardóttir sits with silver-varnished fingernails at home on her sofa, writing up Chapter 25 of her latest crime story.

More

The translator Karl-Ludwig Wetzig

Gunnar Gunnarsson is by no means a forgotten writer. Karl-Ludwig Wetzig has just completed his German translation of Gunnar’s Svartfugl/The Black Cliffs/Schwarze Vögel, a novel based partly on the author’s own complicated person life.

More

Books for Christmas!

Christmas doesn’t just mean pretty lights, cake and feasting – but Christmas books!

More

Artist Eggert Pétursson

Small delicate flowers in full size. The artitist's glorious flower pictures have recently been re-published.

More

Medieval manuscripts to Frankfurt?

Some of Iceland's priceless medieval manuscripts, stored in the Árni Magnússon Institute in Reykjavík, may be included in the Icelandic exhibition at the Frankfurt Book Fair next year.

More

Kristín & the Women

“I was a bit shaky when I was embroidering the first picture,” says artist Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir, who recently showed new pictures in Reykjavík: not painted, but embroidered on coarse canvas.

More

I'm just a shepherd

"I'm just a shepherd who has lost his flock" says writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson. Although he has released two major novels in recent years – Himnaríki og Helvíti / Heaven and Hell and Harmur englanna / Sorrow of Angels – he remains adamantly silent on his current work-in-progress.

More

The beautiful game

“If people sense that you respect them and their culture, the possibilities are endless,” says photographer Páll Stefánsson of his newest book, Africa – The Future of Football.

More

It's a search for a story

Author Auður Jónsdóttir reads from an unpublished work, Kæra Auður Drauma, at her home in Reykjavík.

More

Journey to the center of the sagas

Last June, a bi-national troupe of six writers, spoken-word artists and performers traveled around Iceland, seeking to be inspired by the country's landscapes and literary heritage.

More

The Saga-Steads of Collingwood & Ingólfsson

In 1897, antiquarian and artist W. G. Collingwood set out on a journey of western Iceland. A century later, photographer Einar Falur Ingólfsson retraces the Victorian's footsteps.

More

The moment before the fight

“Much blood was spilled here on Haugsnes,” says farmer and former policeman Sigurður Hansen, who – using 450-pound boulders – has reconstructed the most monumental battle in Icelandic history.

More

Small island, big stories

“My mother was a poor woman, who had nothing to give me but poetry – that was all she owned, all she had,” begins a passage by the poet Þorsteinn frá Hamri, included in Iceland's introductory film to the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair.

More

Last Days of the Arctic

“The old woman's face in the window contained a millennium of Greenland's history,” says the photographer Ragnar Axelsson. His newest book, Last Days of the Arctic, is a collection of photographs taken in Greenland.

More

Where the Christmas books come from

Roughly 70-80% of Iceland's annual book output is probably printed around this time of year,” says Jón Ómar Erlingsson, manager of the print company Oddi.

More

In the poet's house

Gljúfrasteinn, formerly the residence of Halldór Laxness, now a museum and cultural center, often houses readings during the darkest winter months. Sagenhaftes Island dropped in on one such reading.

More

Literature that lasts

“I believe that we need poetry, if we want to come through the storm,” said the author Thor Vilhjálmsson in an interview with Sagenhaftes Island, shortly before his death.

More

Halldór Laxness

“On this occasion, I think of my book-loving country, Iceland, which has kept its watchful eye on me ever since I took my first steps as an author,” said Halldór Laxness when he returned to Iceland with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

More

Soul capsules

“Working with the Icelandic manuscripts is like handling mummies from the British Museum,” says the artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir.

More

New translations of The Sagas of Icelanders

“This edition is intended for readers,” says Kristof Magnusson of a new German translation of The Sagas of Icelanders, due out this fall with the publishing house S. Fischer Verlag.

More

Home libraries in Frankfurt

The Guest of Honour Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011 will feature a video installation, showing Icelanders reading from their favourite books in their homes. Here is a short preview of what to expect.

More

8 ancient manuscripts arrive at the Schirn

Gabríela Friðriksdóttir's “Crepusculum” opened at the Schirn Kunsthalle on September 28, and features eight ancient manuscripts from Iceland in an entirely new context.

More

Fabulous Iceland / Sagenhaftes Island

Impressions from five eventful days as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011.

More