Because we are going to Iceland soon, I thought it would be a good idea to read some books set in Iceland. The three books that I picked are all different in topic, setting, and writing style. But I am sure that there is at least one book that will appeal to you.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The first one I read was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Reading the description on the back, I knew that I would like it. Set in 1829 Iceland, it is the story of Agnes, a woman charged with the murder of her former master. For awaiting her execution, she is sent to a farm. A priest is assigned to religiously support her for the final period. At time passes, the family and priest learn more about what really happened. But will it make a difference?
“To know what a person has done, and to know who a person is, are very different things.”
This was such a beautiful book. I read the second half of the book in almost one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know how it would end. Hannah Kent does a remarkable job in describing the scene and the harsh Icelandic conditions.
The Blue fox by Sjon
This very thin book written by Sjon, who also collaborated with Bjork, is a confusing book I think. It is written beautifully but it is difficult to really explain what it is all about. The opening is about a priest hunting a blue fox and then continued with flashbacks to the time before. This is a very quick read and perfect to read when you are in Iceland enjoying a coffee and overlooking the beautiful landscapes.
Outrage by Arnaldur Indriðason
Arnaldur Indriðason is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction books. I read one of the books in the Detective Erlendur series. When a man is found dead in an apartment near the city centre of Reykjavik, the detectives need to find answers to a lot of questions. They learn that nothing is really what it seems in their hunt for the killer.
This is a typical crime novel but set in Reykjavik. It is an easy read and perfect for a holiday. In contrast to the others, this one doesn’t have the same heavy feeling.
Did you read books set in Iceland?