LETTER TO MY MOTHER
The latest novel from Mikael Torfason is a letter to his mother who he lost contact with when he was a child. The book also explores how Torfason became a writer and why he writes.
A very moving and personal story and Katrin Jakobsdottir, the prime minister of Iceland, had to this to say about the book:
''In a Letter to My Mother Mikael Torfason closes the trilogy about his parents and himself, and again he opens every door for his reader. The authors experience and memories build a grounded saga that is both merciless and loving, and it does not judge but captures the essence of our emotions and connections to our parents.“
A Letter to My Mother was a bestseller in Iceland.
The Fallen is a new memoir which deals with the death of Mikael’s father, Torfi, who comes from Thailand with alcoholic liver disease after having been sober for ten years.
Torfi is a bigger than life character, and sometimes he has a lot of money and alcohol, and then he loses it all. His ex-wife, Mikael’s mother Hulda, loves to party herself when she is not an obediant housewife in the Jehova’s Witnesses. Both of them are heading for rock bottom, and the reader is invited on this crazy journey with Mikael and his family.
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LOST IN PARADISE
Mikael Torfason's memoir.
In his latest book Mikael Torfason tells his story. It also a family saga. God and the devil play their part, along with Jehova's Witnesses, hippies, doctors, sailors, farmers, housewives, drunks, smoker and children. It is a crazy saga, but the truth.
Lost in Paradise was a number one bestseller in Iceland.
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SPRING IN ICELAND
A new novel by one of Iceland´s most creative and edgy modern day authors.
Birgir Thorlacius, the best friend of the storyteller, is a bankrupt former Personal Assistant to the big bankers, divorced and a co-dependent member of Al-anon. He moves from the western side of Reykjavik to the Ghettos up east to investigate the dubious death of this mother whom was most likely murdered a little over thirty years ago. Maybe Thorlacius killed her himself, he just isn´t sure.
"By far, one of the best books this year ...
Torfason's best novel yet ... A very special and unusual novel which I really enjoyed reading ... In every way a damn good novel ..."
Kolbrun Bergthorsdottir, Kiljan TV
Samuel was Torfason‘s fourth novel. A best seller in Iceland, went all the way up to fourth place on the best seller list. The book was nominated to The Icelandic Literature Prize and got great reviews. A critic for DV newspaper in Iceland said the book was fantastically well written, thought and plotted. Samuel is out in both Denmark and Finland and was very well recieved over there.
- Susanna Svavarsdottir, Channel 2
WORLD'S STUPIDIEST DAD
The World's Stupidiest Dad (2000) is an unusual account of a man looking for purpose in life, a deft satire on modern society. A funny and intriguing novel about love and lovelessness, sex, illness and death. A sharp criticism on modern society. The book was nominated for the Nordic Literature Prize and The DV Literature Award. Published in Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Lithuania. A great Nordic prose, according to a literature critic in Finland.
"A uniquely well written book by one of Icland‘s biggest and youngest authors. Keep a good eye on him."
- Torben Brandt, Danmarks Radio
STORY OF A GIRL
Story of a Girl tells the tale of a girl's maturing years and has been compared with such works as Jostein Garder's Sophie's World, Laxness' Salka Valka and The Swan by Gudbergur Bergsson. This story is about a seventeen-year old girl from Reykjavik, who is a more complex personality than she appears to be.
“Story of a Girl contains a lot of “here and now”; it is contemporary in a more explicit sense than most novels. It is derived straight from our own times, from today’s ideas and debate about gender. The violent, primeval force of Story of a Girl is rendered through the unconventional voice of the narrator and the way language shouts out at the reader, thus blurring the boundaries between real life and the text.”
- Hermann Stefansson, Morgunbladid Newspaper
Arnaldur Gunnlaugsson is a sixteen-year old fan of 2PAC Shakur living in a Reykjavik suburb with his well-to-do parents.
He is handsome and bright and travels by taxi – besides haveing a disturbed mind. A Fake Bird (1997). A powerful debut novel, set in a surreal and terrifying world of drugs and violence. A book that deflowered Icelandic literature, according to one critic. Screen rights have already been sold.
"The best Icelandic novel I have read in years."
- Hallgrimur Helgason, author of 101 Reykjavík