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Euro 2016 sparks interest in Icelandic literature

By Staff

  • Arnaldur Indriðason Arnaldur is an award-winning Icelandic author. Photo/Valli

Iceland‘s surprising and gallant performance at the Euro 2016 has boosted interest in the small Nordic nation and, according to the Guardian, in the country‘s literature. Egill Örn Jóhannsson, head of Forlagið publishing house, told the Guardian that after the tournament “interest had soared, both from readers interested in Icelandic literature and foreign publishers wanting translation rights”.

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The interest is not limited to Europe as publishers in the US and Asia have also contacted Forlagið regarding translation rights.

 “One of the best ways to get to know a country and its people is through its literature,” Egill Örn explains.

The most popular Icelandic authors are Arnaldur Indriðason, Andri Snær Magnason, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Halldór Laxness, who is Iceland’s only Nobel laureate, receiving the prestigious prize in 1955. 

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