Nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize, Quake: A Novel
is a haunting novel-in-translation about Saga, a woman who comes to after an epileptic seizure on a sidewalk along busy Miklabraut Street. Her three-year-old son is gone. The last thing she remembers is a double-decker bus that no one else can confirm seeing. Over the following days, Saga's mind is beset by memories and doubts. What happened before her seizure? Who can she trust? And how can she make any sense of her emotions when her memory is so fragmented?
Hailed as Audur Jonsdottir's best-written novel so far, Quake
is a shocking and revelatory exploration of the blurred lines between fact and fiction, reality and imagination, and where mother ends and child begins.
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is one of the most accomplished authors writing in Icelandic today. She won the Icelandic Literary Prize for The People in the Basement
and the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize for Secretaries to the Spirits
. Both of these novels were nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize. Auður is the granddaughter of Halldór Laxness, winner of the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature and a major figure in reviving the Icelandic literary tradition.
is a poet and translator in Reykjavík. She earned her MFA from Columbia University and has received support for her work from the Banff Centre, PEN America, and the Fulbright Commission, and she is a frequent collaborator with Reykjavík UNESCO. Among other projects, Meg has collaborated with poet Magnús Sigurðsson on an anthology of Icelandic poetry, translated a book of essays in honor of former President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, and translated the 2021 novel Magma
. Meg is one of a few immigrants in the Icelandic Writers’ Union and considers that membership quintessential to her life in Iceland.
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