Books by Olaf Olafsson

RESTORATION by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Though there are some quasi-literary flourishes here, the interior lives of the characters rarely rise above melodramatic cliché. "
A soap-opera romance set against a dramatic backdrop of war, art and the hills of Tuscany, from Olafsson (Valentines, 2007, etc.), a top executive at Time Warner. Read full book review >
VALENTINES by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"The title of this collection is ironic; any love that flows here is wayward and all too perishable."
The Icelandic-American novelist (Walking into the Night, 2003, etc.) titles the 12 stories in this collection after months of the year. Read full book review >
WALKING INTO THE NIGHT by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"Clear-eyed and captivating, Olafsson writes effortlessly, seemingly incapable of a dull paragraph or page. His people are real, period atmosphere and detail unobtrusively perfect, his novel a gem and small masterpiece."
Icelandic-born Olafsson (The Journey Home, 2000; Absolution, 1994) tells the life story of William Randolph Hearst's fictional butler—deftly and grippingly. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY HOME by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2000

Native Icelandic author (and now an American executive at Time-Warner) Olafsson's evocative second novel (following Absolution, 1994) records both a literal homeward return and a journey into the mind, heart, and memories of Asdis ("Disa") Read full book review >

ABSOLUTION by Olaf Olafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 1994

The English-language debut of an Icelandic writer now living in New York: a novel that perceptively probes the depths of two ÇmigrÇ Icelanders' self-deceptions. When a nameless young Icelander, working in New York, is asked by his boss to translate papers found in a locked vault of the recently deceased Peter Peterson, he acknowledges that ``sometimes...Peterson's words might just as easily have flowed from my own pen.'' Indeed, both men settled permanently in the US, both allude to unhappy love affairs, and both men have—or had- -obsessive tendencies. Read full book review >