Holldor Laxness

He\’s the only Icelander to win the Nobel Prize. In 1950 I think. He\’s just pure genius. He\’s written the definitive Icelandic literature. He deals with a lot of the problems the Icelandic people have with self-image, and I think the image most Icelandic people have of Iceland these days is through him. He\’s an author big-time - he\’s about humanity, love, philosophy, and all his novels are completely different, like 50 of them and every one is a different world, political subjects, everything. He\’s The Author, the one we all quote, like English people would with Shakespeare.

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