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Miss Iceland von Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
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Miss Iceland (Original 2018; 2020. Auflage)

von Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (Autor)

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The extraordinary new novel from Nordic Council Literature Prize-winning Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Iceland in the 1960s. Hekla always knew she wanted to be a writer. In a nation of poets, where each household proudly displays leatherbound volumes of the Sagas, and there are more writers per capita than anywhere else in the world, there is only one problem: she is a woman. After packing her few belongings, including James Joyces's Ulysess and a Remington typewriter, Hekla heads for Reykjavik with a manuscript buried in her bags. She moves in with her friend Jon, a gay man who longs to work in the theatre, but can only find dangerous, backbreaking work on fishing trawlers. Hekla's opportunities are equally limited: marriage and babies, or her job as a waitress, in which harassment from customers is part of the daily grind. The two friends feel completely out of place in a small and conservative world. And yet that world is changing: JFK is shot and hemlines are rising. In Iceland another volcano erupts and Hekla meets a poet who brings to light harsh realities about her art. Hekla realizes she must escape to find freedom abroad, whatever the cost. Miss Iceland is a novel of extraordinary poise and masterful acuity from one of our most celebrated Icelandic writers.… (mehr)
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Titel:Miss Iceland
Autoren:Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (Autor)
Info:Grove Press, Black Cat (2020), 256 pages
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Miss Iceland von Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (2018)

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see Janvier 2020-21 for Notes on this - think I wrote them September '21 before donating book to library downstairs ( )
  Overgaard | Sep 22, 2021 |
A lovely book about a young woman who wants to find her own way in the world as a writer at a time when women are held back by societal expectations. This is one of those books that doesn't really have much of a plot but does a great job of getting inside the characters and creating an atmosphere, thus allowing the reader to "try on" the characters' lives. I really enjoyed it and would read more from this author. ( )
  adriennealair | Aug 14, 2021 |
Really enjoyed this novel, partly because I once spent a July 4th weekend in Reykjavík. I related to the protagonist, Hekla (reminded me of the creative output I had in my twenties), her friend Jón John (with him being an outsider), and her poet boyfriend Starkadur (his trouble writing, which is how I am now). I didn't get the ending, but I enjoyed the characters and what life was like in 1960s Iceland. Looking forward to reading another one of Ólafsdóttir's books, HOTEL SILENCE. ( )
  JohnnyOstentatious | Apr 9, 2021 |
Drie IJslanders, twee vrouwen en een homoseksuele man, alledrie buitenbeentjes, proberen in het IJsland van de jaren zestig hun dromen te verwezenlijken ( )
  huizenga | Jan 26, 2021 |
It's 1963, and Hekla, who was named after a volcano, moves from the countryside to Reykjavik. In a country full of male poets, her only desire is to become a novelist. To survive she gets a job as a waitress, where sexual harrassement from the customers is part of every day. Hekla has two friends from home who also live in the city. Jon John is gay and wants to design costumes for the theatre, but can only find dangerous work on fishing boats where he is harrassed by his coworkers. There is also Lydur, who is 22, pregnant with her second child, and living in a basement apartment with her barely literate husband. She also wants to write, but struggles to fit it in after caring for her family. Hekla gets a boyfriend--a poet who struggles to write but can never think of anything to say, and at first she hides her more successful wriitng from him. These three characters are made miserable by the mid-20th century hetero-normative and conservative expectations of Icelandic society. Finally, Jon John and Hekla escape to mainland Europe, but life is a struggle there too.

Rating: Miss Iceland took me a little while to get into, mostly because I didn't know what to expect. It's told in short vignettes. By 3/4 of the way I was absolutely loving the writing and the story. The ending was a bit too abrupt and went in an unexpected direction. 4.5 stars

Recommended for: people who want to read Icelandic fiction that isn't about crime and murders ( )
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AutorennameRolleArt des AutorsWerk?Status
Ólafsdóttir, Auður AvaHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Boury, ÉricÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
FitzGibbon, BrianÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Nordh, ArvidÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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The extraordinary new novel from Nordic Council Literature Prize-winning Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Iceland in the 1960s. Hekla always knew she wanted to be a writer. In a nation of poets, where each household proudly displays leatherbound volumes of the Sagas, and there are more writers per capita than anywhere else in the world, there is only one problem: she is a woman. After packing her few belongings, including James Joyces's Ulysess and a Remington typewriter, Hekla heads for Reykjavik with a manuscript buried in her bags. She moves in with her friend Jon, a gay man who longs to work in the theatre, but can only find dangerous, backbreaking work on fishing trawlers. Hekla's opportunities are equally limited: marriage and babies, or her job as a waitress, in which harassment from customers is part of the daily grind. The two friends feel completely out of place in a small and conservative world. And yet that world is changing: JFK is shot and hemlines are rising. In Iceland another volcano erupts and Hekla meets a poet who brings to light harsh realities about her art. Hekla realizes she must escape to find freedom abroad, whatever the cost. Miss Iceland is a novel of extraordinary poise and masterful acuity from one of our most celebrated Icelandic writers.

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