The rights to Andri Snær Magnason’s latest book, On Time and Water, have already been sold to publishers in seven countries, even though the book is first released in Iceland today. “It’s almost unheard of, an as-yet-unpublished book receiving this kind of attention,” Egill Örn Jóhannsson, CEO of Forlagið publishing company, stated in an interview with mbl.is.
Billed as “the book that will make you understand what our future holds for us – if we don’t act immediately,” On Time and Water is based on “interviews and advice by leading scientists in glacial science, ocean science, and geography.” Personal, historical, and mythological stories are woven into the narrative.
Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated authors and his former non-fiction book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation was a best-seller. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize in the categories of fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. He has also written plays, poetry, and short stories.
Forlagið recently announced that the US rights to On Time and Water were sold to Open Letter Books. The book is currently being shopped around in other countries as well.
Andri Snær spoke with Iceland Review on the subject of climate change and his upcoming book in 2018.