News Tagged with “Literature”

Sigurður Pálsson was a well-known and well-loved figure in Icelandic society.

Acclaimed Icelandic author dies of cancer

20 Sep Icelandic author and poet Sigurður Pálsson died at the National University Hospital in Reykjavik last night aged 69 after a three-year-long battle with cancer. A great amount of Icelanders are paying homage to this well-loved and respected man.

Guests include Icelandic bands Mammút (above) and Reykjavíkurdætur.

BBC World Service in Reykjavik to record The Arts Hour on Tour

6 Jun BBC's The Arts Hour is coming to Reykjavik, in the week of the longest day, to explore how the extreme climate and dramatic landscape shape culture in Iceland.

Icelandic author Jón Kalman has just been nominated for the prestigious Man Booker prize.

Icelandic author nominated for the Booker prize

15 Mar Icelandic author Jón Kalman Stefánsson has been nominated for the prestigious Booker prize for his novel Fish Have No Feet, a story of two romances set in a tiny Icelandic town.

The photo shows Izvorul Calimanului in the Carpathian Mountains - an empty mountain top where Bram Stoker imagined his Castle Dracula to be located.

Icelandic version of Dracula, Makt myrkranna, turns out to be Swedish in origin

6 Mar A recent translation of Makt myrkranna (Powers of Darkness) by Hans de Roos has seemingly unearthed an earlier Swedish version of Dracula, Mörkrets makter, which appears to shed new light on de Roos' theory that Stoker collaborated with Icelandic writer Valdímar Ásmundsson.

Ragnar Axelsson, RAX, receiving prize for best documentary book at the presidential residence. President Jóhannesson is with him in the photo.

Morgunblaðið photographer receives Icelandic prize for literature

14 Feb Ragnar Axelsson, otherwise known as Rax who has enjoyed a long and prosperous career as a photographer for Morgunblaðið as well as his work for magazines such as Time, GEO and Life. Last week he received the Icelandic prize for literature for his second edition of Faces of the North - a documentation of the hunters, fishers and farmers in the Northern hemisphere.

Winona Ryder as Mina and Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in Coppola's film adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The Powers of Darkness: On Dracula's sister version in Iceland

13 Feb Hans de Roos just published a translation of Makt Myrkranna (Powers of Darkness), a translation of Icelander Valdimar Ásmundsson's translation - or rewriting - of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Iceland Monitor found out more about this gothic mystery that entwines two authors, one a famous Irishman and the other an Icelander.

Dracula's lost Icelandic sister novel

7 Feb An article published by art historian Hans Corneel de Roos on website Literary hub describes how Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula has an Icelandic sister, a work titled Makt Myrkranna (Powers of Darkness).

Vegamótastígur 9 is moving to close by Grettisgata soon.

Historic Reykjavik home moved to make way for hotel

4 Jan Nobel prize winner Halldór Laxness and famous Icelandic painter Kjarval both lived for a while in the house on Vegamótastígur 9 which now is being moved to Grettisgata to make way for a new five story hotel.

View on Iceland: Books, Christmas and Football

17 Dec Once you’ve finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir.

Icelandic crime novel among best in 2016

13 Dec Silence of the Sea by Icelandic crime novelist Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has been name one of the five best mystery books of 2016 by the Bost­on Globe – the only foreign-language book to make the grade.

Author Lára Garðarsdóttir with her book, titled Bear with me in English, about a couple of polar bears forced to flee their home.

Icelandic children's book touching on refugee crisis published in the US

22 Nov A beautiful children's book by Icelandic author Lára Garðarsdóttir on a couple of polar bears forced to flee their home will be published in the US this coming spring.

View on Iceland: Elections, Books and Gender Equality

29 Oct 2016 Once you finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

Johnny Rotten (centre) with the Sex Pistols in 1977.

Johnny Rotten opens the Icelandic Museum of Punk

20 Oct 2016 UK songwriter and musician John Lydon otherwise known as Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols will be opening a new museum, The Icelandic Museum of Punk at the upcoming Iceland Airwaves Festival.

Ragnar Jónassón is very popular amongst British readers.

Icelandic author Ragnar Jónasson to publish with Penguin

19 Sep 2016 Penguin books in Britain have made a two novel publishing contract with Icelandic author Ragnar Jónasson. His novels Dimma (The Darkness ) and Drungi (The Island) will be published with Penguin this autumn.

Letters from Iceland Nobel winner Laxness auctioned

6 Sep 2016 A set of letters written by Iceland Nobel Literature laureate Halldór Laxness to the Danish translator of his books are going under the hammer in a Danish auction house today.

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