Halldór Laxness





Halldór Laxness


Born
in Reykjavík, Iceland
April 23, 1902

Died
February 08, 1998

Genre

Influences
The Icelandic Sagas, Catholicism, Communism, Taoism


Born Halldór Guðjónsson, he adopted the surname Laxness in honour of Laxnes in Mosfellssveit where he grew up, his family having moved from Reyjavík in 1905. He published his first novel at the age of 17, the beginning of a long literary career of over 60 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. Confirmed a Catholic in 1923, he later moved away from religion and for a long time was sympathetic to Communist politics, which is evident in his novels World Light and Independent People. In 1955 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Average rating: 3.97 · 12,411 ratings · 1,520 reviews · 115 distinct works · Similar authors
Independent People

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4.19 avg rating — 5,674 ratings — published 1934 — 60 editions
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Under the Glacier

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3.62 avg rating — 1,347 ratings — published 1968 — 30 editions
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Iceland's Bell

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3.85 avg rating — 1,230 ratings — published 1943 — 36 editions
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The Fish Can Sing

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3.89 avg rating — 1,233 ratings — published 1957 — 37 editions
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Salka Valka

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3.98 avg rating — 600 ratings — published 1931 — 27 editions
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World Light

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The Atom Station

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Paradise Reclaimed

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3.77 avg rating — 381 ratings — published 1960 — 15 editions
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The Great Weaver from Kashmir

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3.41 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 1927 — 2 editions
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Barn nátturunnar

3.69 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1919 — 2 editions
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“For man is essentially alone, and one should pity him and love him and grieve with him.”
Halldór Laxness

“Remember, any lie you are told, even deliberately, is often a more significant fact than a truth told in all sincerity.”
Halldór Laxness, Under the Glacier

“Human beings, in point of fact, are lonely by nature, and one should feel sorry for them and love them and mourn with them. It is certain that people would understand one another better and love one another more if they would admit to one another how lonely they were, how sad they were in their tormented, anxious longings and feeble hopes.”
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