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message 1: by Quentin (new)

Quentin (graskeggur) | 4 comments I have a new book out, and for the first time in years, something that's not crime. In fact, it's not my book, although I translated it into English many years ago and finally got round to making it available as a Kindle book.

Here's the story of how it finally became translated and published.

It's a story by Guðlaugur Arason, set in the 1950s at the peak of Iceland's herring boom, and paints a picture of a side of Iceland that disappeared a generation or more ago.

message 2: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 4 comments This sounds interesting, Quentin. I enjoy books set in Iceland's past, from the sagas and Halldor Laxness onwards.
I have just finished reading an excellent book called Burial Rites about the last person, Agnes, to be executed in Iceland back in 1830. This was written by a young Australian woman called Hannah Kent, who became intrigued by the story when she was an exchange student in Iceland as a 17 year old.

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Quentin (graskeggur) | 4 comments Burial Rites sounds fascinating and is on my list of books to get read.
The tale of Agnes and Friðrik is quite dramatic and deeply chilling. Every time I go to my old stamping grounds in the northern part of Iceland I drive past the three mounds where the execution took place. Last time I stopped there for a look and took a few pictures.

message 4: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 1 comments I realize these comments are quite old but I was enthused to see Carolyn reading the same material as our bookclub. We just finished Independent People by Halldor Laxness and now is reading Burial Rites. Quite a good book.

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