German publisher btb, owned by Random House, bought the rights to the novel Ofsi by established author Einar Kárason on Tuesday, who received the 2008 Icelandic Literature Award for the novel the same day.
Ofsi is based on Sturlunga Saga, a collection of Icelandic sagas from the 12th and 13th centuries, mostly featuring the fate of the family clan of the Sturlungar. Ofsi is the sequel to Óvinafagnadur, which has already been released in Germany.
The sale of Icelandic books in Germany has been considerably successful lately, presumably thanks to Iceland being the honorary guest at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair. Local publishers are keen on giving German readers the chance to familiarize themselves with Icelandic literature before that time.
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