Icelanders call themselves for the book nation. The population in Iceland is close to 340,000 people and hundreds of titles are being published every year and Icelanders still read books. If you are interested in reading some books from the country you are visiting then here are five books to check out:
1 Under the Glacier by nobel prize author Halldor Kiljan Laxness or some other of his books. Reading one of his books gives you an idea how hard it was for people to survive in Iceland. Most of his other books have been translated into English and other languages. Halldor Kiljan Laxness was one of the most important authors in Iceland during the 19th century so his books are well worth checking out.
2 Last Rituals and other books by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Yrsa is one of the most popular contemporary writers in Iceland. She has written both children’s books and detective stories.
3 Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason. Arnaldur is another one of the very popular contemporary writers in Iceland. He writes about the detective Erlendur and his stories have been translated into many languages all around the world.
4 Egil’s saga is one of the famous sagas, the national treasure of the Icelanders. If you are interested in checking out one of them, then this one might be ideal.
5 Burial Rites is a book by a young Australian woman, Hannah Kent, who was an exchange student in Iceland a few years ago and became so fascinated by the story about the last execution in Iceland that she wrote a book about it.
Have fun reading!