Miss Iceland

Miss Iceland

Iceland in the 1960s. Hekla is a budding female novelist who was born in the remote district of Dalir. After packing her few belongings, including James Joyces's Ulysses and a Remington typewriter, she heads for Reykjavik with a manuscript buried in her bags. There, she intends to become a writer. Sharing an apartment with her childhood and queer friend Jón John, Hekla comes to learn that she will have to stand alone in a small male dominated community that would rather see her win a pageant than be a professional artist. As the two friends find themselves increasingly on the outside, their bond shapes and strengthens them artistically in the most moving of ways.

Title:Miss Iceland
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802149237
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    Miss Iceland Reviews

  • Adina

    Please do not judge this novel by the pinkish cute cover. The title and the cover are all meant as an irony to the women’s condition in the 1960’ Iceland, where they were expected only to look goo...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    ''If I dieLeave the balcony open!''Farewell, Federico Garcia LorcaHekla is a child of the 60s. A young woman full of talent, wit and kindness, a writer, an idealist. An intellectual in a society that...

  • Elyse  Walters

    There is so much I want to share - I’m ACHING!!!!!!Guess, I just need to rant a minute....Here goes>>>>>>> LOVE ACHE LOVE ACHE LOVE ACHE LOVE ACHE ....TEARS....I’m trying to type through tears.......

  • Liz

    This book reminds you how much has changed in the space of 60 years. Hekla moves to Reykjavik to try and make her way as a novelist. She moves in with her queer friend, Jon John. She is faced with the...

  • Dolors

    This is a novel that won’t appeal to all readers, although it did to me.Iceland in the 60s. A young woman, Hekla, called after a volcano, is an aspiring writer who leaves her hometown hoping to beco...

  • Carolyn

    Iceland in the 1960s was a difficult time to be an aspiring female writer. With a harsh, but beautiful landscape built from fire and ice, it was also isolated and male dominated with few options for w...

  • Collin

    The novel opens in Iceland in 1942. Because of his love and Passion for volcanos the protagonist of this novel is named by her father after a volcano. Hekla, is an active volcano in the south west of ...

  • Meike

    Prix Médicis étranger (Best Foreign Novel) 2019 The cutesy cover doesn't do the book justice: One of the most famous female novelists working in Iceland today, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, has written ...

  • Cheri

    4.5 StarsA new author for me, set in a place I’ve never personally seen, although I’ve seen photographs that friends of mine took when they were in Reykjavik on business trips, the year for the ma...

  • Ines

    I would say that for this is book there is just a NO,I let myself be convinced after listening to an online podcast of literature and book advices, maybe it is better that I continue with my eclectic...