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Book on Iceland Crisis to Be Published Abroad

German, Danish and Norwegian publishers have purchased the rights to Einar Már Gudmundsson’s Hvíta bókin (“The White Book”), the most recent of the four books that have been published on the Icelandic banking collapse.

“It did not come as a surprise and I’m expecting there to be other [markets interested]; there is interest from English-speaking markets. I have the feeling that I might have proven spot-on as far as these [banking collapse] matters are concerned,” Gudmundsson told Fréttabladid.

Hvíta bókin shot straight to the top of the Eymundsson bestseller list when it was published at the end of June, knocking Gudni Th. Jóhannesson’s Hrunid from its throne.

The other two books that have appeared on the subject since the crisis hit last fall are Sofandi ad feigdarósi by Ólafur Arnarson and Íslenska efnahagsundrid by Jón F. Thoroddsen.

Gudmundsson said it is no wonder than Icelanders take an interest in the books; they are trying to understand the reality that they’re now facing. “The books are also very different. I noticed when I began expressing my thoughts that my take on things appealed to many people.”

Gudmundsson, who is the author of popular novels including Angels of the Universe, is better known and has a more solid reader base internationally than the other authors who have been writing about the crisis.

Click here to read an interview with Gudmundsson.

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