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Fish Can Sing

Fish Can Sing
  • Author(s): Halldor Laxness
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Abandoned as a baby, Alfgrimur is content to spend his days as a fisherman living in the turf cottage outside Reykjavik with the elderly couple he calls grandmother and grandfather. There he shares the mid-loft with a motley bunch...

I Remember You

I Remember You
  • Author(s): Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Location(s): Hesteyri
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): present

In this terrifying tale, three friends set to work renovating a rundown house in a remote, totally isolated location. But they soon realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave. Meanwhile, in a...

Independent People

Independent People
  • Author(s): Halldor Laxness
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

A huge, humane revelation of a novel is set in rural Iceland in the early twentieth century, written by the Nobel prize-winner dubbed the ‘Tolstoy of the North’. A magnificent portrait of the eerie Icelandic landscape and a man’s...

Out of Thin Air

Out of Thin Air
  • Author(s): Anthony Adeane
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1974

Every Icelander knows about the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur disappearances. 1974. In two separate incidents, two men vanished into thin air. Then, out of it, came six murder confessions and six convictions. Yet, in the decades that followed, these too...

Red Milk

Red Milk
  • Author(s): Sjón, Victoria Cribb (translator)
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Fiction, In Translation
  • Era(s): 1950s

Gunnar Kampen grows up in Iceland during the Second World War in a household fiercely opposed to Hitler and Nazism. At nineteen he seems set for a conventional, dutiful life. And yet in the spring of 1958, he founds...

The Creak on the Stairs

The Creak on the Stairs
  • Author(s): Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
  • Location(s): Akranes
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century and 2017

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a...

The Darkness

The Darkness
  • Author(s): Ragnar Jonasson
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

A body is found off the coast of Iceland. A cursory police investigation calls it suicide. She’s just another statistic, soon forgotten. But not by Reykjavik Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir. Difficult and unconventional, Hulda is being forced into early...

The Doll

The Doll
  • Author(s): Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Thriller, Crime, Spy
  • Era(s): Contemporary

It was meant to be a quiet family fishing trip, a chance for mother and daughter to talk. But it changes the course of their lives forever. They catch nothing except a broken doll that gets tangled in the...

The Eliza Doll

The Eliza Doll
  • Author(s): Tracey Scott-Townsend
  • Location(s): Iceland, United Kingdom
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1989s to present

Ellie and her ex-husband Jonah have gone on a trip to Iceland together at the request of their grown-up daughter. Standing in the cacophonous roar of an ice-ridden waterfall they reflect on what they might have done to change...

The Glass Woman

The Glass Woman
  • Author(s): Caroline Lea
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1680s

1686, Iceland. An isolated, windswept land haunted by witch trials and steeped in the ancient sagas . . . Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur. Here,...

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