Author(s): Oddny Eir
Oddny Eir is an authentic author, philosopher and mystic. She weaves together diaries and fiction. She is the writer I feel can best express the female psyche of now and has bridged the gap between rural Iceland and Western philosophy. A true pioneer!' (Bjork). An enchanting blend of autobiography, diary, philosophical inquiry, and fantasy, Land of Love and Ruins - winner of the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize in 2012 - is a richly imagined and utterly unique book about being human in the modern world.
Oddny Eir AEvarsdottir (1972) is an Icelandic author. She has received advanced degrees in political philosophy from the University of Iceland and The Sorbonne. In addition to publishing four novels and several books of poetry and essays, she has worked in the art world as a lecturer and gallerist, has received a grant to study archives and museums in Iceland, has been an environmental activist, and has collaborated with the musical artist Bjork in composing lyrics for her albums "Biophilia" and "Vulnicura." "Land of Love and Ruins" won the EU Prize for Literature and the Icelandic Women s Literature Prize. Oddny Eir lives in the Icelandic countryside, by the glacier Eyjafjallajokull. Philip Roughtonis an award-winning translator of Icelandic literature, currently residing in Reykjavik.He earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with specialties in medieval Icelandic, medieval Chinese, and Latin literature, and wrote his dissertation on medieval Icelandic translations of saints and apostles lives. He has taught modern and world literature at CU-Boulder, and medieval literature at the University of Iceland.His translations include works by many of Iceland s best-known writers, including the Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness, Jon Kalman Stefansson, Bergsveinn Birgisson, Steinunn Siguroardottir, and others. He was recently awarded the 2015 American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Competition Prize, for his translation of Halldor Laxness novel"Gerpla"("Wayward Heroes")."