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Hallgrímur Helgason


Artist Novel
Materials: ink, paper

Literary synopsis

Hallgrímur Helgason’s novel is about a tumultuous time in Iceland at the turn of the 20th century, when modernity comes sailing in with great commotion into a small fishing village in the north of Iceland. In the story, readers come across crofters who live in poverty but experience great change and wealth with the arrival of herring and the Norwegians. Hallgrímur said that the novel takes place at the intersection of history when great changes occur in a community where everything had been set in stone. “You couldn’t even go to live in another province if you wanted to without first obtaining permission from the priest or the district administrative officer. But then the Norwegians arrived and disrupted all of this.” Our guide on this journey is young Gestur who gets into all kinds of situations. “I wanted to tell his story, but also a communal story; of how Iceland went from the darkness into the light, from the past into modernity. As he says in the book: “…from nothing to something.”

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Authorship: Artist Author .

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Historical non-fiction.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Community, History.

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