Arnaldur Indriðason.

New Book by Crime Fiction Writer Arnaldur Indriðason

15 Nov Every year for the past 24 years, a new book by crime fiction writer Arnaldur Indriðason has been published November 1.

Laundry on a line by the physician's residence.

Ghosts and Gorgeous Landscape

13 Sep 2020 “Visiting the West Fjords has seldom been as enjoyable as this summer.”

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Women and Wild Horses

23 Nov 2019 The setting is Iceland and the Icelandic horse plays an important role in a new book, titled Wild Horses of the Summer Sun, by Tory Bilski.


Ian McEwan Receives Laxness Prize

21 Sep 2019 English novelist Ian McEwan became the first person to receive the Halldór Laxness International Literature Prize Thursday.

Dan Brown taking a walk around Reykjavik.

Dan Brown in Reykjavik

26 Apr 2018 "There are lots of friendly cats in Reykjavik, I've noticed that" said American writer Dan Brown after a walk around the city centre.

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

Acclaimed Icelandic author dies of cancer

20 Sep 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2016 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 2016 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.


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