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Iceland Represented at the Leipzig Book Fair

By Iceland Review

Six Icelandic authors will appear at the Leibzig Book Fair in Germany, which opened this week and will continue throughout the weekend. The book fair dates back to the 17th century, and is one of the biggest cultural events in Germany in the spring.


Einar Kárason. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The authors include Einar Kárason, whose novel Fury, a psychological portrait of the main personalities of Iceland’s obstreperous 13th and 14th centuries, was recently published in Germany, and Sjón, who will promote his novel From the Mouth of the Whale, which also recently hit the German market.

Among other Icelandic guests are: Andri Snaer Magnason, presenting his book Dreamland, which was adapted into a documentary of the same name in 2009, and will be published in Germany by this spring and Gyrdir Elíasson, whose appearance at the event will mark the end of a reading tour to present the new German translation of his novel Wandering Squirrel.

Iceland’s presence at the Leipzig Book Fair is part of a promotion initiative of Icelandic literature in Germany in preparation for Iceland’s appearance as guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair in the autumn.

Also as part of the initiative is an exhibition which opened in Felleshus in Berlin, the joint exhibition space of the Nordic embassies, this week.

The exhibition includes photographs by Kristinn Ingvarsson and interviews by Pétur Blöndal featuring Icelandic contemporary authors and how they approach the saga heritage in the broadest sense of the phrase.

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