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.

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Independent People

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4.18 avg rating — 6,232 ratings — published 1934 — 62 editions
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Under the Glacier

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3.61 avg rating — 1,469 ratings — published 1968 — 30 editions
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Iceland's Bell

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3.86 avg rating — 1,315 ratings — published 1943 — 40 editions
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The Fish Can Sing

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3.88 avg rating — 1,303 ratings — published 1957 — 38 editions
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Salka Valka

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3.98 avg rating — 665 ratings — published 1931 — 29 editions
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World Light

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4.12 avg rating — 531 ratings — published 1937 — 25 editions
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The Atom Station

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3.52 avg rating — 613 ratings — published 1948 — 42 editions
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Paradise Reclaimed

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3.79 avg rating — 406 ratings — published 1960 — 16 editions
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The Great Weaver from Kashmir

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3.42 avg rating — 144 ratings — published 1927 — 11 editions
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Barn nátturunnar

3.65 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 1919 — 2 editions
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Frie mænd Ásta Sóllilja Úsvit nad slatinami Independent People
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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.”
Halldór Laxness

Polls

July 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  47 votes, 13.1%

 
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  33 votes, 9.2%

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  28 votes, 7.8%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448 pgs, 1969
 
  27 votes, 7.5%

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 1930, 267 pgs
 
  23 votes, 6.4%

 
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  19 votes, 5.3%

 
  14 votes, 3.9%

 
  13 votes, 3.6%

 
  11 votes, 3.1%

The Sea Wolf by Jack London, 1904, 425 pgs
 
  10 votes, 2.8%

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, 1920, 454 pgs
 
  9 votes, 2.5%

 
  5 votes, 1.4%

Creation by Gore Vidal, 1981, 574 pgs
 
  3 votes, 0.8%

The Street by Ann Petry, 1946, 435
 
  1 vote, 0.3%

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