The WLF list of world literatures stops in at Iceland today with a new thread for Icelandic literature.
I've had a stab at Iceland's only Nobel laureate in Literature, Halld?r Laxness, and come away feeling I really need to read more of the old sagas to get a better flavour of where he's coming from culturally. The Atom Station bemused and confused me, while Independent People pushed me over the edge.
Amongst my shelves I have titles by a couple of other Icelandic writers, namely Hallgr?mur Helgason and Olaf Olafsson. And Sj?n's The Blue Fox, winner of the Nordic Council Literary Prize 2005, has been staring at me from book store shelves for a while now.
Then there's the crime fiction, as befits Northern Europe, from the likes of Arnaldur Indri?ason.
Other Icelandic writers? Thoughts on the sagas?