Photographs from the legacy of Icelandic Nobel Laureate in Literature Halldór Laxness are now on display at Thjódmenningarhúsid (The Cultural House) in an exhibition called “The Late View”. Halldór Laxness (1902 – 1998) is first and foremost known for his writing. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature by the Swedish Academy in 1955 “for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland”.
His life, spanning almost the entire 20th century, is that of an international writer, idealist and active participant in the visionary debates of the last century. In his writing he addressed many of the big challenges the great writers of the 20th century faced.
The photographs in the exhibition are snapshots taken by the voyager, the husband, the father and friend Halldór Laxness. They are private photographs that bear witness to a life’s story that entailed interrelations between family life, political life and a career as a novelist. The exhibition runs from June 17 to February 16, 2009.