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Michael Hofmann: Halldór Laxness does both, 4 April 2024

The Islander: A Biography of Halldór Laxness 
by Halldór Guðmundsson, translated by Philip Roughton.
MacLehose, 486 pp., £25, September 2023, 978 1 5294 3373 9
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... a dozen books of stories, poems and plays. Despite recent republications and the efforts of Philip Roughton (the Iceland-based translator who has also translated this biography) to bring out new books and retranslations in English, most of Laxness remains inaccessible. Probably he’s too inconsistent and circumstantial and spur-of-the-moment for ...

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