Hallgrímur Helgason

Hallgrímur Helgason

Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason started out as a painter, participating in over thirty exhibitions around the world before turning his hand to writing.  His breakthrough novel, 101 Reykjavik, was published in 1996 and was translated into 16 languages, inspiring an internationally-acclaimed film of the same name. Another notable work is The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning – Helgason’s only novel written in English — which sold in 15 territories and was an Amazon bestseller in 2012. Helgason’s works have been critically acclaimed and, in 2001, he won the Nordic Council Literature Prize for his novel Höfundur Íslands (The Author of Iceland), followed by nominations for Rokland (Stormland) in 2005, and Konan við 1000° (The Woman at 1000°) in 2012.  The English translation of The Woman at 1000° will be published by Algonquin (US) and Oneworld (UK) in early 2018. His latest work, Sjóveikur í München (Seasick in Munich), was published in Iceland and Germany in autumn 2015.  It featured in ‘The Ten Best Books of 2015’ in Die Zeit. A Danish translation will be published in early 2017.

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