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Iceland's debater

We know him from 101 Reykjavik, but for the Icelanders he is the author who creates fresh social debate.


[storyteller] In Norway, Hallgrímur Helgason is best known from the book and later the film 101 Reykjavik, about the everyday life of a young and rootless man in the Icelandic capital. His latest book Rokland (Stormland) is now nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize for 2007. In Iceland, however, he created rebellion and horror when in 2001 he wrote the book Höfundur Íslands, which in the autumn came in Norwegian under the title Iceland's author.

The protagonist is an old man who looks back on his life, and the book is written a few years after the national caller Halldór Laxness died.

- I had a dream about an old man who was lying in a remote valley, and this boy who pricked the old man in the corner of the mouth. I discovered that the old man was Halldór Laxness, and the boy is one of the characters in one of his books. That was the start of what became Iceland's author, says Hallgrímur Helgason to Ny Tid.

This scene is also the beginning of the book.

Helgason is one of Iceland's foremost writers and debaters, and is also a recognized artist and cartoonist. Helgason says that for him, Laxness is like a grandfather he looks up to.

- I do not think Icelandic writers who are a little older than me, could have done this with the author who has had. . .

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