Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation

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Draumalandið - Sjálfshjálparbók handa hræddri þjóð
Author Andri Snær Magnason
Original title Draumalandið
Country Iceland
Language Icelandic
Publisher Mál og menning, Reykjavík
Publication date
ISBN 9979-3-2738-3
OCLC 185021869
LC Class DL326 .A53 2006
Dreamland - A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation
Author Andri Snær Magnason
Translator Nicholas Jones
Country England
Language English
Publisher Citizen Press Ltd. London
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-9551363-2-0

Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation is a book written by the Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason. It became the number one best-selling book in Iceland in 2006, and was winner of the Icelandic Literary Award, and the Icelandic Bookseller Prize the same year.[1] The English edition of the book has a foreword by the Icelandic artist Björk. The Icelandic version's title is Draumalandið - sjálfshjálparbók handa hræddri þjóð (English: Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation).


Andri Snær speaker at a protest meeting

Dreamland is Andri Snaer Magnason's critique against the current decision taken by the Icelandic government to dam Iceland's rivers in order to produce energy that can be delivered to aluminium smelters. Magnason describes how Iceland's government actively have pursued the idea to attract foreign aluminium companies to Iceland with the promise of the "cheapest energy in the world". The government advertisement described Iceland's energy potential as 30 TWh/year. Magnason argues in the book that in order to accomplish this, the majority of Iceland's rivers would need to be exploited, with the consequence that some of Iceland's most known waterfalls such as Dettifoss which is Europe's most powerful waterfall, and Gullfoss which together with Thingvellir and Geysir makes up the Golden Circle.

It is set up as a series of thoughts on issues in modern Iceland and the past Iceland and deals heavily with the Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant and other similar works being done. It was the best sold book in Iceland in 2006 and raised Icelanders' interest in environmentalism by a large amount. In the book the Icelandic nation is encouraged to look to more "futuristic" types of business than aluminium processing and to stop believing that they can't do anything for themselves.

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  1. ^ "Dreamland - Self-help for a frightened nation". Andri Snær Magnason. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 

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