29.10.06

Islandia, paraíso contradictorio



desde Islandia, volcánica y helada.

Arnaldur Indridason:

Location does not really matter, although personally I find Iceland a very exciting and interesting setting for crime fiction. The crucial point about setting crime fiction in any country at all is to believe and understand, on your own terms, what is happening in the story, believe the characters and what they do and say, believe in them, believe that they could exist and be dealing with the circumstances in which they are placed, such as a murder inquiry. So it depends more on the author than where he lives whether or not he succeeds in producing credible crime stories.

Arnaldur Indridason was born in Reykjavik on January 8 1961. He graduated with a B.A. degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. He was a journalist at Morgunbladid newspaper from 1981 – 1982 after which he became a freelance script writer. From 1986 – 2001 he worked as a film critiq for Morgunbladid.

Arnaldur has published a number of thrillers, the first was Synir duftsins (Sons of Earth) in 1997. Most of his novels involve the same team of detectives. He has adapted three of his books for the Radio theatre at the Icelandic Broadcasting Service. Arnaldur is one of Iceland's leading crime story writers. He has received numerous awards for his books, among them the Glass Key Prize, an award given by Skandinaviska Kriminalselskapet (Crime Writers of Scandinavia) two years in a row, the first author to do so. In 2002 for his book Mýrin (Jar City, 2000) and in 2003 for Grafarþögn (Silence of the Grave, 2001). Silence of the Grave also received the Golden Dagger in 2005, hosted by the Crime Writer's Association in Britain.

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