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Icelandic Author Honored in Norway

Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason recently turned 50 and to celebrate his birthday, the House of Literature in Oslo held an event dedicated to him on Thursday last week. Young Norwegian author Johan Harstad talked with Helgason on stage at the occasion.

Hallgrímur Helgason portrayed by Jónatan Grétarsson for his exhibition “Icelandic Artists.”

Harstad asked Helgason about his career with emphasis on his three books that have been released in Norwegian, 101 Reykjavík (1996), The Author of Iceland (2001) and Rokland (2005), the economic crisis and the recent series of protests in Iceland.

All three books were well received by Norwegian readers and critics alike. The last of the three was published by Norway’s largest publisher, Cappelen Damm, in the autumn of 2008.

Harstad, whose books Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? (1996) and Hässelby (2007) have been published across Europe, is a self-proclaimed fan of Helgason’s, ever since he read 101 Reykjavík and declared that he had been willing to rip his left arm off for having written such a book.

The House of Literature in Oslo often organizes literary nights with well-known authors. Last year Hanif Kureishi, Siri Husvedt, Dave Eggers and Robert Bly were among its visitors.

Click here to read more about Hallgrímur Helgason’s books.

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