The 2007 crime novel Hardskafi (Hypothermia) by Iceland’s most popular crime author Arnaldur Indridason has been released in Germany as Kälteschlaf. Meanwhile, Indridason’s The Draining Lake (2004), has appeared in paperback in the US for the first time.
As for other recent releases of Icelandic books abroad, the biography of Icelandic Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Halldór Laxness by Halldór Gudmundsson, originally published in Icelandic 2005, has been released in paperback in Germany.
Iceland will be the special guest of honor at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, so special emphasis is being placed on new releases of Icelandic books in Germany.
In Iceland, a number of books have appeared recently, among them poetry books by Haukur Már Helgason and Sigurdur Pálsson.
Á mannamáli is a new book by Thórdís Elva Thorvaldsdóttir, where she researches and discusses sex offenses in Iceland, asking why seven out of every ten charges for sex violations are dropped and whether Icelanders hold a Nordic record in such crimes. It is the first book of its kind to appear in Iceland.
Also, Steinunn Jóhannesdóttir’s account of Gudrídur Símonardóttir’s travels has been reprinted for the fifth time. Símonardóttir was enslaved by Algerians, who captured around 400 Icelanders in 1627.
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