From Iceland — Top 8 Books

Top 8 Books

Published June 25, 2004

The problem with lists is that I don´t want to choose between these works because they are so different and they fascinate me for different reasons. The list, in fact, means nothing. Torments in the Chamber of Mind is at the top of my list because it is one of the few Icelandic books about love. Most of the books on the list are in fact about some sort of emotional struggle, so perhaps Icelanders are more obsessed with their feelings than sometimes thought. The book in 9th place, The Killians by Einar Kárason, is considerably different from the book in 1st place, but it is also about struggle; insanity, broken families and disorder. Einar´s books are, however, so funny that I keep going back to them. Anyone who wants to know how the Icelandic public really speaks should read his books; he has an infallable grasp of the way everyday language sounds.
1. Torments in the Chamber of Mind by Guðbergur Bergsson.
2. Night in the Lighthouse by Gyrðir Elíasson
3. 101 Reykjavik by Hallgrímur Helgason
4. Love of Fishes by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir
5. Angels of the Universe by Einar Már Guðmundsson
6. The Fall of the Moorangels by Sigfús Bjartmarsson
7. Fiction by Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir
8. Hótel California by Stefán Máni
9. The Killians by Einar Kárason

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