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Icelanders Say Indridason Is Their Best Author

Almost 40 percent of participants in a new opinion poll by Fréttabladid daily say the best living Icelandic author is crime novelist Arnaldur Indridason. Sigurdur Pálsson, who received the 2007 Icelandic Literary Award, is hardly mentioned at all.

“I have felt this support through the years and I am very grateful for it,” Indridason told Fréttabladid. “I have always said that I first and foremost write for Icelandic readers.”

According to the poll, Einar Már Gudmundsson is the second best living Icelandic author, mentioned by 7.7 percent of participants, and Einar Kárason the third best author with 6.3 percent of participants mentioning his name.

Interestingly, only one of the authors who were nominated for the 2007 Icelandic Literary Award, Vigdís Grímsdóttir, made it to the top ten in the poll.

Fréttabladid called 800 people aged 18 and above at random on February 23 and 62 percent answered the question.

Click here to read a review about Arnaldur Indridason’s most recent book.

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