Icelander (novel)

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Author Dustin Long
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher McSweeney's
Publication date
April 28, 2006
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 250 pp
ISBN 1-932416-51-X
OCLC 68966685

Icelander is the debut novel of Dustin Long. It is part of the Rectangulars line of McSweeney's Books. It appeared on the Los Angeles Times best-seller's list.


The plot primarily follows the adventures of a character known only as Our Heroine as she attempts to solve the mystery of her friend's murder while repeated flashbacks detail her family's past adventures in the underground Icelandic kingdom of Vanaheim.[1]


Though playing on the mystery genre, the book is more in line with the postmodern fiction of Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon, Alasdair Gray, and Flann O'Brien.

The author created a real life "Bean Day" website, in reference to the event in the novel.[2]


  1. ^ Miller, Laura (11 August 2006). "Iceland". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Emily Bean web site