Andri Snaer Magnason
We are delighted to welcome noted Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason here this evening as part of the annual ‘Taste of Iceland’ cultural festival, and in aligning his home city of Reykjavik and Seattle as UNESCO Cities of Literature. Andri Snær Magnason has a considerable body of work, having written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. He is the only writer to have received the Icelandic Literary Award in all those categories. And his work has gone beyond Iceland itself, published or performed in over thirty-five countries. LoveStar (Seven Stories), translated by Victoria Cribb is a novel of his that was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.
“While nature and the culture of Iceland enrich LoveStar, its concerns and targets are universal, its beleaguered, hapless citizen-pawns recognizable as our future selves. The imaginative power of novels like LoveStar may serve as a wake-up call, if only we read and heed them.” —World Literature Today.
“Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.” —Publishers Weekly.
Presented as part of TASTE OF ICELAND 2018 and co-presented with SEATTLE UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE. Vinsamlegast taktu þátt í okkur!