Halldór Guðmundsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Halldór.

Halldór Guðmundsson (born 1956 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic author. He was also chairman of the publishing company Mál og menning and its successor after the merger with JPV, Forlagið.[1][2]

His biography of Halldór Laxness[3][4][5] was awarded the Icelandic Literary Prize.[6] The book has also appeared in English and German.[7]

Halldór's 2006 book Skáldalíf, about Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson,[8] was chosen best biography of the year by the Icelandic Booksellers' Association and nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize.[6]

In We are all Icelanders (2009), he discusses how the financial crisis affected ten different Icelanders, including an architect, a politician and a kindergarten nurse.[9]

In Mamutschkas Lebensrezepte, published in German, he tells the story of restaurant operator Marianne Kowalew.[10]

Publications[edit]

  • Loksins, loksins: vefarinn mikli og upphaf íslenskra nútímabókmennta. Reykjavík: Mál og menning, 1987. OCLC 22972223
  • Halldór Laxness—ævisaga. Reykjavík: JPV, 2004. ISBN 9979-781-61-0. English ed. trans. Philip Roughton: The Islander: A Biography of Halldór Laxness. London: Maclehose Press, Quercus, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84724-284-6
  • Skáldalíf: ofvitinn úr Suðursveit og skáldið á Skriðuklaustri. Reykjavík: JPV, 2006. ISBN 978-9979-798-06-4
  • Mamutschkas Lebensrezepte. Ed. and trans. Regina Kammerer. Munich: Random House-Bertelsmann, 2010. ISBN 978-3-442-75228-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Halldór Guðmundsson". Vielseitig. 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jóhann Páll útgefandi Forlagsins og Halldór Guðmundsson stjórnarformaður", Morgunblaðið 31 August 2008 (Icelandic)
  3. ^ Shakespeare, Nicholas (9 August 2008). "Review: The Islander by Halldór Guđmundsson". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Binding, Paul (13 October 2008). "The Islander, By Halldor Gudmundsson, trans. Philip Roughton". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Poet comes in from the cold". The Irish Times. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Íslensku Bókmenntaverðlaunin: Tilnefndar bækur og verðlaun, Icelandic Publishers Association (Icelandic)
  7. ^ "New Releases of Icelandic Books". Iceland Review Online. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hitler in Iceland?". Iceland Review Online. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Ben Quinn, "Iceland's children paying for slump", The Guardian, 24 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Mamutschkas Lebensrezepte - ich bin nicht verrückt aber extravagant", FachBuchKritik.de (German)

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