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Fabulous Iceland – from Sagas to novels

31.01.2012

In a series of conversations, the journalist Pétur Blöndal asked contemporary Icelandic authors about their relationship with the literary tradition and the influence exerted on them by the past. The result is an Icelandic literary history of sorts, distilled into brief, individual stories

In October 2011, Iceland was Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where it presented its literature of past and present to the world. Iceland‘s rich narrative tradition, going back to the Middle Ages, is apparent in its contemporary literature to a degree that has few parallels. One explanation for this continuity is the Icelandic language, which has changed little through the centuries. Another contributing factor is that Icelandic classical literature constitutes a vast archive of characters, stories, narrative techniques and imagery – an abundant literary repository for new texts to draw on.
In a series of conversations, the journalist Pétur Blöndal asked contemporary Icelandic authors about their relationship with the literary tradition and the influence exerted on them by the past. The result is an Icelandic literary history of sorts, distilled into brief, individual stories. The self-depictions provided by the authors are here paired up with by portraits of another kind: the photographs of Kristinn Ingvarsson. The
exhibition thus provides us, in a twofold sense, with a “view” on Icelandic contemporary
literature, of those contributing to it and from where they get their inspiration.


The Exhibition will be shown at 4 different places in Bruxelles:
European Parliament, 31 January to 3rd February 2012  
(Belgium, Brussels, Rue Wiertz)  

European Commission, 6th February - 29th February 2012 
DG EAC, Belgium, 1210 Brussels, Madou Building, Place Madou 2 

Info Europa Commission and Council information centre , 5th March  - 22 March 2012  
Schuman 14 (entrance by rue Archimède 1 - 1040 BRUSSELS  

Committee of the Regions, 17 April - 29th April 2012 
RUE BELLIARD 101, 1040 BRUSSELS 17 April - 29th April 2012 

For more information please contact Niamh O´Donnellan, email niamh@mfa.is