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Roughton, Philip

Overview
Works: 29 works in 110 publications in 1 language and 4,468 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Ghost stories  Romance fiction  Diary fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Novels  History  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author
Classifications: PT7513.Y77, 839.6935
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Philip Roughton
Someone to watch over me by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young man with Down's Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his assisted living facility and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn't do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of a young woman, killed in what was supposed to be a hit-and-run?" --
The day is dark by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thóra is hired to investigate. Is there any connection with the disappearance of a woman from the site some months earlier? And why are the locals so hostile?
Iceland's bell by Halldór Laxness( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 18th century Iceland, a man becomes a fugitive after being wrongly accused of murder
Land of love and ruins by Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the wake of Iceland's financial crisis, a young author, recently separated and feeling out the uncertain terrain of a new relationship, finds herself questioning the foundations of our love and family lives, our bonds to country and the earth. Stirred by a dream about an old Viking woman on a pilgrimage, she sets out on a quest to the ruins of the homes of her ancestors, where they tried to live in harmony with nature and each other. Her guiding questions are as essential as their answers are elusive: How do we create a home for love? How can we nourish personal space while sustaining intimacy and desire with a partner? How can we go, not back, but forward to nature? Drawn both to her archaeologist brother and her ornithologist lover, she explores alternate forms that those relationships might take. Her search brings her all over Iceland and abroad to Paris, Strasbourg, Basel, and the Lake District home of famous Romantic siblings Dorothy and William Wordsworth. Written in the form of a diary that pans from small details to big questions and weaves elements of philosophy, history, archaeology, ecology, eroticism, and literature into a beautifully patterned whole, Oddný Eir invents a new, intimate language between writer and reader in this enchanting book about being human in the modern world."--
The great weaver from Kashmir by Halldór Laxness( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shortly after World War I, Steinn, a young Icelandic poet-philosopher, heads abroad to make himself the most perfect man on earth and perceive glory on the visage of things. Leaving behind his homeland and would-be sweetheart, Diljá, for Europe, Steinn proves a master of any doctrine he cares to take up, but fails to satisfy his longing for perfection
Ashes to dust by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Named One of the Year's Top Ten Crime Books in the UK... A Masterwork of Suspense from "Iceland's Crime Queen" (The Scotsman) In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again--when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up... Filled with unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction"--
Reply to a letter from Helga by Bergsveinn Birgisson( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bjarni has long held on to a letter from former lover Helga, with whom he shared an illicit, impassioned love. Her letter invited him to leave his wife and his farm and pursue prosperity in the city, where World War II had brought an influx of American marines and opportunities for work. But he chose not to reply. Years later, as he reflects on a long and simple life among the sheep in the Icelandic hillsides, he finally finds himself ready to explain why"--Page 4 of cover
Wayward heroes by Halldór Laxness( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans l'Islande du Moyen Age, deux jeunes gens à l'esprit fertile, Thorgeir Havarson et Thormod Bessason, élevés à la mamelle des grandes sagas héroïques, se mettent en tête de devenir des héros de poèmes anciens. Ils dépouillent de pauvres pêcheurs avant de mettre leurs pas dans ceux de grotesques Vikings et de partir en Normandie et au Groënland
The sorrow of angels by Jón Kalman Stefánsson( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The winter nights are dark and still, you can almost hear the fish breathe on the sea bed. Snow is falling so heavily that it binds heaven and earth together. As the villagers gather in the inn to drink schnapps and coffee while the boy reads to them from 'Hamlet', Jens the postman stumbles in half dead, having almost frozen solid on his horse. On his next journey across the wide open fjord and the icy landscape beyond he is accompanied by the boy. Both will risk their lives for each other, and for an unusual delivery
Hemel en hel by Jón Kalman Stefánsson( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a remote part of Iceland, a boy and his friend Barethur join a boat to fish for cod. A winter storm surprises them out at sea and Barethur, who has forgotten his waterproof as he was too absorbed in 'Paradise Lost', succumbs to the ferocious cold and dies. Appalled by the death and by the fishermen's callous ability to set about gutting the fatal catch, the boy leaves the village, intending to return the book to its owner. The extreme hardship and danger of the journey is of little consequence to him - he has already resolved to join his friend in death. But once in the town he immerses himself in the stories and lives of its inhabitants, and decides that he cannot be with his friend just yet. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Heaven and Hell is a perfectly formed, vivid and timeless story, lyrical in style, and as intense a reading experience as the forces of the Icelandic landscape themselves. An outstandingly moving novel
Fish have no feet : a family history by Jón Kalman Stefánsson( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keflavik: a town that has been called the darkest place in Iceland, surrounded by black lava fields, hemmed in by a sea that may not be fished. Its livelihood depends entirely on a U.S. military base, a conduit for American influences that shaped Icelandic culture and ethics from the 1950s to the dawning of the new millennium. It is to Keflavik that Ari - a writer and publisher - returns from Copenhagen at the behest of his dying father, two years after walking out on his wife and children. He is beset by memories of his youth, spent or misspent listening to Pink Floyd and the Beatles, fraternising with American servicemen - who are regarded by the locals with a mixture of admiration and contempt - and discovering girls. There is one girl in particular he could never forget - her fate has stayed with him all his life. Lost in grief and nostalgia, he is also caught up in the story of how his grandparents fell in love in Nordfjordur on the eastern coast, a fishing village a world away from modern Keflavik, at time when the old ways still held sway. Their tragic love affair unfolded against the backdrop of Iceland's harsh nature and unforgiving elements
Het hart van de mens by Jón Kalman Stefánsson( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After coming through the blizzard that almost cost them everything, Jens and the boy are far from home, in a fishing community at the edge of the world. Taken in by the village doctor, the boy once again has the sense of being brought back from the grave. But this is a strange place, with otherworldly inhabitants, including flame-haired Alfheidur, who makes him wonder whether it is possible to love two women at once; he had believed his heart was lost to Ragnheidur, the daughter of the wealthy merchant in the village to which he must now inexorably return. Set in the awe-inspiring wilderness of the extreme north, The Heart of Man is a profound exploration of life, love and desire, written with a sublime simplicity. In this conclusion to an audacious trilogy, Stefansson brings a poet's eye and a philosopher's insight to a tale worthy of the sagasmiths of old
I remember you : a ghost story by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A horrifying stand-alone thriller, partly based on a true story, from an international bestseller. In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends are at work renovating a derelict house. But soon they begin to realise that they are not alone there. Something wants them to leave. And it's making its presence felt. Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, as a young doctor is investigating the suicide of an elderly woman, he discovers her obsession with his vanished son
About the size of the universe : a family history by Jón Kalman Stefánsson( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the beginning of this story there is death, and yet it is a celebration of life, the lives of many generations of Ari's family, of the passion between a man and a woman, forbidden love, violence, sorrow, betrayal. Happiness and misfortune are passed down from one generation to the next, the sorrow over what was and what might have been weighs heavily on the characters, and at the end of this chain, for now, stands Ari, on his way to his dying father, with a score still to be settled. The raw beauty of life is written into the dramatic Icelandic landscape, and into a society that has undergone great transformation within a century
De goede minnaar by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Good Lover' tells the story of Karl Astuson, a charming businessman. He was raised by an excessively indulgent and overprovocative mother, who died when he was 18 years old. This loss has profoundly impacted on Karl's life and dealings with women. His love life consists of a string of meaningless affairs. The only girl who ever came close was Una. But when she left him she left a void that Karl seems unable to fill. He finds her again, and finally wins her over. But will his womanizing past come back to haunt him?
Ashes to dust : a thriller by Yrsa Sigurðóttir( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Named One of the Year's Top Ten Crime Books in the UK ... A Masterwork of Suspense from "Iceland's Crime Queen" (The Scotsman) In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again--when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up ... Filled with unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction"--
Herzort : Roman by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Single mother Harpa loads her reprobate daughter and their belongings into a pickup truck, setting out on a road trip to Iceland's bucolic eastern fjords
Reply to a letter from Helga by Bergsveinn Birgisson( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bjarni has long held onto a letter from former lover Helga, with whom he shared an illicit, impassioned love and who invited him to leave his wife and his farm and follow her to the city. Years later, as he reflects on a long and simple life shepherding in the Icelandic hillsides, he finally finds himself ready to explain why. Bjarni pens his Reply to a Letter from Helga, weaving a life of longing for Helga's sensual presence and the visceral pleasures of daily exposure to the elements
AM 645 4to and AM 652/630 4to : study and translation of two thirteenth-century Icelandic collections of apostles' and saints' lives by Philip Roughton( )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"AM 645 4to and AM 652/630 4to, both thirteenth-century manuscripts, are the oldest surviving collections of Icelandic translations of Latin apostles' and saints' lives. In these manuscripts are preserved the sagas of the apostles Andrew, Barcholomew, James the Greater, John, Matthew, Matthias, Paul, Peter, Philip and James the Less, Simon and Jude, and Thomas, as well as an Icelandic version of the Descensus Christi ad Inferos, the sagas of Pope Clement and Bishop Martin of Tours, and the miracle book of Bishop þorlákr, Iceland's patron saint. Most of the texts of the apostles' lives are versions of accounts found in the so-called Apostolic History of Pseudo-Abdias, a sixth-century collection that became the most popular collection of hagiographical texts in the middle ages prior to the publication of Jacobus de Voragine' s Legenda Aurea (thirteenth century). Saints' and apostles' lives were brought by foreign missionaries to Iceland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and were amongst the first types of material written in Icelandic. Some scholars of medieval Icelandic literature have suggested that certain stylistic qualities of the renowned sagas of Icelanders may have been derived from the saints' lives, or at least that the saints' lives played some significant part in the development of medieval Icelandic literary art. Very few detailed studies of Icelandic saints' lives have been done, however, and they suffer as much from stereotypical assumptions about their form and rhetoric as do the majority of hagiographical texts produced in the middle ages. This dissertation provides detailed study of the sources and literary and linguistic characteristics of the lives in these two collections (in comparison with their Latin counterparts), seeking to show the adaptations made by Icelandic translators to their sources and to establish through detailed discussion of the lives contents a firmer basis for the comparative study of the genres of hagiography and family saga in medieval Iceland. It also seeks to make this much-neglected literature available to students and scholars of medieval literature by providing English translations of all of the lives in the collections (of these Icelandic lives only the saga of the apostle Bartholomew has previously been published in English)"--Leaves iii-iv
The islander : a biography of Halldór Laxness by Halldór Guðmundsson( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Halldór Laxness reiste utenlands første gang da han var 17 år gammel, fast bestemt på å bli forfatter og få lesere over hele verden. I 1955 ble han tildelt Nobelprisen i litteratur. Denne biografien forteller historien til et fargerikt og sammensatt menneske. Boken ble kåret til årets beste sakprosabok på Island i 2004
 
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Iceland's bellThe great weaver from KashmirAshes to dustHemel en helAshes to dust : a thrillerThe islander : a biography of Halldór Laxness
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Roughton, Phillip

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