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Iceland: One in ten will be publishing a work.
The Iceland is booming. With a population of just over 300,000, this country has more authors, more publications and more per capita reading than anywhere else in the word. It' difficult to prevent authors in Reykjavik. There' s a sentence in Icelandic, "ad Ganga with the I Maganum", everyone gives mother tongue to a text.
In the truest sense of the word "everyone has a novel in their stomach". Every tenth Icelander will release one. "Yes. Especially since I am living with my mom and my mate. However, we try to release in changing years so that we don't overcompete. "We are shown stories on stickers on public places on specific sagas - sagas like in history, no more than 50 years of holiday.
Icelandic legends from the thirteenth century tell the tales of the country's Nordic colonists, who lived in the northern part of the Netherlands in the nineteenth century. Saga are printed on serviettes and coffeecups. Pub banks have bar codes so you can hear a history on your phone while you are sitting.
It'?s Reykjavik that rocks with authors. It' t'time for a bookshow. Kiran Desai, laureate of the Man Booker Prize, and Douglas Coupland, writer of Generation T, meet Iceland' authors Gerdur Kristny and Sjon. He also writes texts for Bjork, Iceland's music super star. "Authors are highly regarded here," says Agla Magnusdottir. "Magnusdottir is the director of the new centre for Iceland' s reading, which provides state funding for books and their translations.
"They' re doing everything - contemporary legends, poems, children's literature, and literature and sexuality - but the greatest growth is criminal writing," she says. So, what caused this phenomenon of the booming market? I' d say it's a harvest of damn good authors who tell compelling stories with elegance and fantasyy.
The legends, first recorded in the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, contain some of the wealthiest and most unusual typefaces of the Middle Ages. These are often known from the early years of Iceland' s past, although there is much discussion about how much of their contents are sober. Featuring heroic, feuding and outlawed characters, with a touch of spirits and trophies, the legends inspire authors such as Sir Walter Scott, William Morris and WH Auden.
Iceland's dark bed of moonlight, its steamy, gushing soil with its mighty volcanos and fairytale-like creeks also make it the ideal place for storytelling. It is no wonder that JRR Tolkien and Seamus Heaney were enthusiastic and called Unesco Reykjavik a city of literature. The great Iceland-dressed writer Solvi Bjorn Siggurdsson says that authors have much to thank for in the past.
"Because of the poetical Edda and mediaeval legends, we were always in the midst of story. In 1944, after our Danish Independence, reading helps to determine our identities. "Siggurdsson paid tribute to Icelandic Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness, whose works are on sale at gas station and touristic centers throughout the Isle.
"In 1955, when Laxness won the Nobel Peace prize, he put Iceland's contemporary literary world on the map," says Solvi. In 2010, the volcano clouds from one of Iceland's many volcanos produced a second one. "We' re also talking about policy - it's not just about legends. "But some people also dread a creppa script.
There are so many authors in Iceland that the pressures on publishing houses are enormous. During this season, the "jolabokaflod" (Christmas Flood ) is held when most volumes are made out. Now, for example, every house gets a catalog through the doors. Everybody gets a Christmas present - bound and shrink-wrapped. "Kristin Vidarsdottir, director of the Unesco literature program, says: "Already now, when I go to the hairdresser, they don't want a VIP chat from me, but rather advice for Christmas textbooks.
" It is a dark green curl that draws my attention to the fact that Iceland's most illustrious personality is here. "It' nice to see you support writers," I say to her. "While Bjork was once Iceland's largest culture mark, today a whole series of additional author.