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Halldor Laxness

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Halldor Laxness was born near Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1902. His first novel was published when he was seventeen. The undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction, and one of the outstanding novelists of the century, he wrote more than sixty books, including novels, short stories, essays, poems, plays, and memoirs. In 1955 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Laxness died in Iceland in 1998.

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The Fish Can Sing

Written by Halldor Laxness
Introduction by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2008
Price: $15.95

The Fish Can Sing is one of Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness’s most beloved novels, a poignant coming-of-age tale marked with his peculiar blend of light irony and dark humor.

The orphan Alfgrimur has spent an idyllic childhood sheltered in the simple turf cottage of a generous and eccentric elderly couple. Alfgrimur... Read more >
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Iceland's Bell

Written by Halldor Laxness
Translated by Philip Roughton


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95

Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland’s Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness is at once an updating of the traditional Icelandic saga and a caustic social satire. At the close of the 17th century, Iceland is an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famine, and plague. A farmer... Read more >
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Iceland's Bell

Written by Halldor Laxness
Translated by Philip Roughton


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Independent People

Written by Halldor Laxness


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $16.95

First published in 1946, this humane epic novel is set in rural Iceland in the early twentieth century. Bjartus is a sheep farmer determined to eke a living from a blighted patch of land. Nothing, not merciless weather, nor his family will come between him and his goal of financial independence... Read more >
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Independent People

Written by Halldor Laxness


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2009
Price: $12.99

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Paradise Reclaimed

Written by Halldor Laxness


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $16.95

In time for the centenary of Iceland’s Nobel laureate and author of Independent People–his delightful novel of a poor Icelandic farmer’s journey to Mormon Utah and back in search of paradise.

Steinar of Hlidar is a generous but very poor man, living peacefully on a remote Icelandic farm with his wife and... Read more >
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Paradise Reclaimed

Written by Halldor Laxness


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $12.99

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The Fish Can Sing

Written by Halldor Laxness


Format: eBook, 246 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Under the Glacier

Written by Halldor Laxness
Translated by Magnus Magnusson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $15.00

Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness’s Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. At its outset, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Snofells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying... Read more >
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Under the Glacier

Written by Halldor Laxness
Translated by Magnus Magnusson


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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World Light

Written by Halldor Laxness


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $16.95

As an unloved foster child on a farm in rural Iceland, Olaf Karason has only one consolation: the belief that one day he will be a great poet. The indifference and contempt of most of the people around him only reinforces his sense of destiny, for in Iceland poets are as... Read more >
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World Light

Written by Halldor Laxness


Format: eBook, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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