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Access to Laxness’s letters granted

The National Library in Iceland has granted visitors access to the renowned author’s and Nobel Prize winner’s collection of letters.

According to Morgunbladid, all visitors to the library were denied access to the collection in 2003 for a period of three years, except for literary scholars Halldór Gudmundsson and Helga Kress, because of the wishes of Laxness’s family.

Professor Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson told Morgunbladid that he had complained about this “violation of equality”. Before 2003 everyone had been granted access to the letters.

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