Books by Philip Roughton

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 >
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Unusual material for a mystery, but Sigurdardóttir handles it deftly through Thóra, who is as compassionate as she is intelligent and dogged."
A suspicious fire in a home for the severely disabled leads to an investigation of the Icelandic social safety net in Thóra Gudmundsdóttir's fifth outing (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
Released: March 25, 2014

"A multilayered tale that builds slowly—the use of smells is especially effective—but drives to a shattering climax that honors the traditions of both detective fiction and ghost stories."
Sigurdardóttir's work (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.) has always drawn on both kinds of mysteries—detective stories in which everything is explained rationally and supernatural thrillers in which it isn't—but this tale of a series of disappearances grounded in long-simmering revenge mixes the two more inextricably than ever before. 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 >