Icelandic literature has been embraced by German publishers ever since it was announced that Iceland would be the guest of honor at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair. Now, 30 Icelandic authors—and counting—have been signed in Germany.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Publication of Icelandic literature in the German market, which reaches 100 million readers, has been growing in the past decade, as stated on the website of Fabulous Iceland, the book fair marketing office.
At the turn of the last century, approximately ten Icelandic books were translated to German each year. Now their number has reached 20 and is expected to rise to 100 in 2011—the year of the book fair.
It has been decided to publish the complete Icelandic Saga collection in a new German translation in 2011.
Fabulous Iceland is also seeking cooperation with German galleries on exhibiting Icelandic art around the time of the book fair and so far, responses have been very positive.
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