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Nordic Council Literature Prize Nominations Announced

Two Icelandic books are among those nominated for this year’s Nordic Council Literature Prize: Novel Fiskarnir hafa enga fætur (‘The Fish Have No Feet,’ 2013) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson and book of poems Skessukatlar (‘Giant’s Kettles,’ 2013) by Þorsteinn frá Hamri, as announced this morning.

Jón Kalman has described his book as being about “searching, about a nation on the run from having to face itself, and a search for identity. Who are we, truly, and who do we want to be? Perhaps we never tell the whole truth, and so we are never whole people?”

Þorsteinn “writes about nature, past and present, childhood memories, and death, as well as about lyric poetry and the material for its construction – the actual words and their power and impotence,” as described on the Nordic Council’s website.

Twelve other works of literature from the region are up for the prize.

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