Icelandic Nobel Quartet



















It’s rarely you come accross such a great second hand find as I did the other day, when I found four of the old Vintage international books from the Icelandic writer Halldor Laxness. I have three other books from him on my shelves and had intend to try and read one of them for the blog this year at some point so the addition of three more is a welcome bonus. The Four books are –










Paradise reclaimed – a farmer from a small farm goes in search of the promised land of Utah as he takes his wife and two children on a disastrous journey.










Iceland Bell follows a man who happened to make a bawdy joke about the Danish King in the 17th Iceland under the rule of Denmark. He becomes a fugitive .










A young Emissary from the Bishop of Iceland is sent to snaefells glacier to find out what is going on and finds a community that thinks it is the center of the world. and creation is a work in progress.










A lonely Orphan who wants to become a poet we follow his affairs poverty, loneliness and the scandals he becomes involved in.

A great haul and I love the simple cover art in the series as well.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 10:21:09

    Lucky, lucky – enjoy 🙂


  2. MarinaSofia
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 10:43:57

    What a find!


  3. heavenali
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 15:35:45

    Great find, well done. I keep hearing about this writer.


  4. Jonathan
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 16:57:43

    They all sound great. I can’t wait for your posts on them.


  5. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 19:42:40

    Fabulous finds, Stu – well done! I have Under the Glacier which I really should dig out!


  6. beckylindroos
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 20:28:31

    Ah yes! I would love to read more of Laxness – Thanks!


  7. Lisa Hill
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 22:31:34

    Seeing a post like this reminds me of how much I miss Diversity Books since it went online only. It was a nearby second-hand bookshop that I used to haunt, because somebody who sold their used books to the owners had tastes very, very similar to mine. On my TBR I have little sets of books just like your Laxness set, all obviously owned by the same person, which I pounced on as soon as I saw them. This was back in the day when I didn’t have anyone in my f2f life who talked books and I used to fantasise about bumping into this person at the shop and bonding over coffee!


  8. Annabel (AnnaBookBel)
    Sep 07, 2018 @ 06:47:23

    We read Under the Glacier for Book Group some years ago – and we found it very strange! Definitely not the comic masterpiece Susan Sontag’s introduction claimed it was – but likeable in parts – and just strange! Can’t say I’ll rush to read more of him, but I look forward to seeing your thoughts. Enjoy! 🙂


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