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That Fat Is Just Melting Off You, Ladies!

Helga Páley Friðþjófsdóttir

Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir (b. 1985) lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. She made her literary debut in 2011 with Daloon Days, a collection of poetry. Her latest novel is Dust – Cult of the Good Looking, which came out in October 2023 to critical acclaim. It received the Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize and was one of the best-selling […]

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The Patchwork of Progress

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Resilience Imagine you’re a young woman struggling with addiction. You’ve lost custody over your toddler daughter, and you’re awaiting a court hearing to determine the future of your guardianship. In order to regain custody, social services – against your wishes – have enrolled you at Hússtjórnarskólinn: The School of Home Economics in Reykjavík, founded in 1942 […]

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Of the Great Mortality

Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir is a novelist and a journalist living in Reykjavík. Her novels have been translated into many languages, and include the dystopian thriller Island (2016), and The Fires (2020), which foreshadowed the ongoing volcanic eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula, published in English by Amazon Crossing in 2023. Her latest novel, DEUS (2023), is […]

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The Night Before Admittance

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Ármann Jakobsson is an Icelandic author and academic who has written about paranormal activity, class distinction, the brutality of romantic longing, miscellaneous fears, and the generation gap, mainly in the Middle Ages. When he was ten, Mum read him the Moomin books, even though he was more than capable of reading them himself. But he […]

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Gerður

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Sunna Dís Másdóttir is a member of the Impostor Poets, a women’s poetry collective, withwhom she has published the poetry collections Ég er ekki að rétta upp hönd, Ég erfagnaðarsöngur and Nú sker ég netin mín. Their novel Olía (Oil) was nominated for the IcelandicLiterary Prize in 2021. Other members of the collective are Fríða […]

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The Quiet Game

FICTION The Quiet Game by Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir I have twice been asked to stop screaming, both times in a hospital. The first time, my mom was dying. The second, my daughter was being born.  Both instances are shrouded in fog, like I was in some other world. The first time, it was my brother, […]

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Three Pieces of Short Fiction

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The Little Girl Who Lived on Fish Hearts

I once knew a little girl who lived on nothing but fish hearts. She had a bowl of goldfish and spent every day at home alone with her fish. Her dad and mom were always buying her more new fish because whenever they came home from work at night, she told them that this fish had died today, and those three yesterday. When they asked the girl what she’d done with the dead fish, she said she’d buried them or thrown them in the trash. So they were always buying her new fish because she was home by herself so much. But one time, when her mom was replanting all the flowers, she found a fish corpse in every last pot. After a rigorous interrogation, it came to light that the girl had killed the fish by cutting out their hearts and eating one heart a day. But when they asked her why on earth she’d do that, she didn’t know why on earth she had eaten fish hearts. And so they put her in a children’s psychiatric ward because she didn’t have a reason.

The Aliens and the Child

Once upon a time, some aliens flew to earth from an unknown star and stole a child who’d run away from home because her parents didn’t notice her. When, many lightyears later, the child was returned to earth, she was not a day older than when she’d vanished, but her parents were old and wizened by the fireplace. And when they saw the child lollygagging in the living room, they asked each other who that child was and concluded it was probably one of the bloody grandchildren. 

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The Cigarette Girl: A story for Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir

This is a story about a cigarette girl. Whenever she got an arrow to the eye, a bullet to the heart, or a spear to the side, she pulled a crumpled pack of cigarettes from her back pocket, carefully shook one out, and lit it. Then she stood on the corner with a cigarette dangling from her lips, an arrow in her eye, a bullet in her heart, and a spear in her side, and smoked with a dreadfully cunning expression on her face. In the end, her face got stuck like that because she was always smoking.

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Neverland

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For several months, Sólveig had started every day by playing a little game with herself. She’d wake up exactly 47 seconds before the alarm clock rang, lie completely still in bed, and count down in silence. 47…42, the bus drove past the house; 35, their upstairs neighbour slammed the front door; 21, the nextdoor neighbour […]

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