The Re-Read: Auður Jónsdóttir on Halldór Laxness
September 24 at 2pm
Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer discussing a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Icelandic author Auður Jónsdóttir will explore the work of her grandfather: Nobel Prize Laureate Halldór Laxness. Laxness was a prolific writer and an outspoken socialist and defender of Iceland’s independence, which was achieved in 1944. Laxness’s Nobel Prize-winning novel, Independent People, is a blistering indictment of materialism, and is considered among the foremost examples of social realism in Icelandic fiction of the 1930s. Join Jónsdóttir for a deep dive into the long-lasting impact of Laxness’s work, and its relevance today both in Iceland and beyond.
Interviewed by Steve Gravestock.
This event is presented in partnership with Taste of Iceland.
Auður Jónsdóttir appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022. Presented with support from Icelandic Literature Centre and Icelandair.