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Love, Icelandically: On Oddny Eir's novel 'Land of Love and Ruins'

Love, Icelandically: On Oddny Eir's novel 'Land of Love and Ruins'

Oddný Eir has written novels, essay collections and books of poetry. She is also an environmental activist with a degree in political philosophy from the Sorbonne. Her novel “Land of Love and Ruins” was written in the aftermath of the Icelandic banking crisis (the canary in the coal mine for the 2008 global financial crisis) and won the EU Prize for Literature as well as the Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize. It is the first of her works to be published in English, unless you count the lyrics she’s composed for Bjork.

“It’s strange being home,” writes the novel’s narrator, a woman in her mid-30s visiting her family...

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