The Book of Reykjavik

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Reluctant to observe a new family tradition, a boy finds himself stranded outside a graveyard on the night before Christmas...


Three farming brothers, forced to relocate to the city by poor harvests, discover an unexpected demand for their green-fingered talents...


Residents of a new apartment block are woken in the early hours by the eerie sound of a table saw that once operated on the building’s grounds...


Iceland is a land of stories; from the epic sagas of its mythic past, to its claim today of being home to more writers, more published books and more avid readers, per head, than anywhere in the world. As its capital (and indeed only city), Reykjavik has long been an inspiration for these stories. But, as this collection demonstrates, this fishing-village-turned-metropolis at the farthest fringe of Europe has been both revered and reviled by Icelanders over the years. The tension between the city and the surrounding countryside, its rural past and urban present, weaves its way through The Book of Reykjavik, forming an outline of a fragmented city marked by both contradiction and creativity.


Includes a foreword written by award-winning Icelandic author Sjón.


Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb, Philip Roughton, Lytton Smith, Meg Matich and Larissa Kyzer.


Published with the support of the Icelandic Literature Center. 


Join us at the launch event on 1st September (online).


Read a very special introduction to the collection, and why literature is so important to the people of Reykjavik, on the UNESCO City of Literature website. 

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12 Aug 2021