Woman at 1,000 degrees

Hallgrímur Helgason


Artist Novel, 23.6 x 16 cm, 391 p., language : English, publisher : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, ISBN : 978-1-61620-623-9.
Materials: Ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2029/587).

Literary synopsis

A darkly comic and explosive tale of a world at war and one island girl's struggle to survive. Born to a prominent political family, Herra’s childhood begins in the idyllic islands of western Iceland. But when her father makes the foolish decision to cast his lot with a Hitler on the rise, she soon finds herself abandoned and alone in war-torn Europe, relying on only her wits and occasional good fortune to survive. For Herra is, ultimately, a fierce survivor, a modern woman ahead of her time who is utterly without self-pity despite the horrors she has endured. With death approaching, she remembers the husbands and children she has loved and lost, and tries, for the first time, to control her own fate by defying her family’s wishes and setting a date for her cremation – at a toasty temperature of 1,000 degrees. Each chapter of Herra’s story is a piece of a haunting puzzle that comes together beautifully in the book’s final pages.

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Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Historical non-fiction.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Childhood, Death, War.

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