Books by Halldór Laxness

WAYWARD HEROES by Halldór Laxness
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A welcome, major contribution to modern Nordic literature in translation and a pleasure to read."
"Nothing but harm and misfortune result when killers and skalds come together." True enough, as Nobel Prize-winning author Laxness' long-forgotten 1952 novel elaborates. Read full book review >
UNDER THE GLACIER by Halldór Laxness
Released: March 1, 2005

"Readers familiar with Laxness's earlier works shouldn't overlook this fascinating appendage to them. Those unfamiliar might do better to begin with Independent People or World Light."
Christian doctrine gets a riotous, increasingly cryptic comeuppance in the Icelandic Nobel laureate's whimsical 1968 novel, previously unavailable in the US. Read full book review >
ICELAND’S BELL by Halldór Laxness
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"In many ways, Iceland's Bell isn't a modern novel. And that is its great strength."
The integrity and vitality of Icelandic culture, as subtly celebrated by the Nobel-winning author (1902-98) of Independent People (1946) and, most recently, World Light (2002). Read full book review >
WORLD LIGHT by Halldór Laxness
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"One of the 20th century's greatest novels, and arguably the closest modern equivalent to the enthralling complexity of Dostoevsky."
Iceland's only Nobel laureate (1902-98) has become more visible thanks to the praises sung to his work by poet-novelist Brad Leithauser, and to recent editions of the masterpieces Independent People and Paradise Reclaimed. Read full book review >
THE FISH CAN SING by Halldór Laxness
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Altogether, one of this great writer's most unusual and attractive books."
A welcome reissue of the 1955 Nobel laureate's 1957 novel about an abandoned boy's embattled growth to manhood in an Icelandic village, complicated by his kinship with generations of fisherfolk and his fixation on an internationally famous opera singer. Read full book review >