Halldór Laxness’s Love Letters Published

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Halldór Laxness’s Love Letters Published

skaldid-og-astin_laxness-brSkáldid og ástin (“The Novelist and His Love”), a collection of letters Icelandic Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate Halldór Laxness wrote to his first wife Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir, edited by Halldór Gudmundsson and the couple’s son, Einar Laxness, was published in Iceland this week.

In 1927-1939 Laxness wrote nearly 180 letters to Einarsdóttir, which is also his most productive period as a writer, as stated in a press release.

The letters describe his vicious ambition and efficiency but also his anxiety and concern alongside the development of the couple’s passionate love story.

“Little girl—you can light my cigarette with your eyes!” were the first words Laxness spoke to Einarsdóttir when they met at Thingvellir in the summer of 1924 and she was charmed by this articulate novelist. They wed in 1930 and were married for ten years.

This week also saw the releases of a new book by Hallgrímur Helgason, Konan vid 1000° (“The Woman at 1000°”), Valeyrarvalsinn (“The Waltz of Valeyri”) by Gudmundur Andri Thorsson and a collection of aerial photographs of Iceland by Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson.

Further from home, the novel Augu thín sáu mig (“Your Eyes Saw Me”) by Icelandic author Sjón has been released in Denmark as Dine oejne saa mig.

Also Karlsvagninn (“Big Dipper”, Karlsvognen in Danish) by Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir has appeared on the Danish market, a press release states.

ESA