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Halldór Laxness 1902-1998

Works: 505 works in 2,217 publications in 23 languages and 14,964 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Bildungsromans  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satire  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PT7511.L3, 839.6934
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Independent people : an epic by Halldór Laxness( Book )

90 editions published between 1945 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 2,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... are the small freeholders of the Icelandic countryside--operators of the one-man, one-family farm got by inheritance or puchase and held with grim tenacity against all connivances of nature and man by folk whose ruling passion is to be their own masters on their own acres." [Dust jacket]
The fish can sing by Halldór Laxness( Book )

79 editions published between 1957 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the tale of Alfgrim, an abandoned child, whose mother gave birth to him in the turf-and-stone cottage of Bjorn of Brekkukot, the fisherman, on the outskirts of what is now Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. It is the history of his boyhood and youth, spent at Bjorn's home in the early years of the twentieth century, an hospitable place where strangers were welcome and often stayed for years and where, in the mid-loft, Alfgrim learned philosophy and much else besides." "When Alfgrim went to school he came into contact with a whole different world in which the reigning spirit was the singer, Gardar Holm, whose international renown was a source of pride to his fellow countrymen. But Alfgrim's encounters with the singer only served to make him and his fame more mysterious."--BOOK JACKET
World light (Heimsljós) by Halldór Laxness( Book )

49 editions published between 1941 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As imagined by Nobel Prize winner Laxness in this magnificently humane novel, what might be cruel farce achieves pathos and exaltation. As his hero's ambition drives him onward, "World Light" demonstrates how the creative spirit can survive in even the most crushing environment
The atom station by Halldór Laxness( Book )

98 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in 11 languages and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Laxness describes the popular reaction to an attempt by the U.S. to buy land for a nuclear base near Reykjavik. He contrasts corruption and decadence in the capital with the simple life of peasants in the north ... Rich, lyrical prose, all expertly interpreted in the translation. Among the many vivid characters, the narrator stands out: her wit, pride, and simplicity bring to mind heroines like Jane Eyre..". -- Booklist
Paradise reclaimed by Halldór Laxness( Book )

48 editions published between 1960 and 2003 in 7 languages and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An idealistic Icelandic farmer journeys to Mormon Utah and back in search of paradise in this captivating novel by Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness. The quixotic hero of this long-lost classic is Steinar of Hlidar, a generous but very poor man who lives peacefully on a tiny farm in nineteenth-century Iceland with his wife and two adoring young children. When he impulsively offers his children's beloved pure-white pony to the visiting King of Denmark, he sets in motion a chain of disastrous events that leaves his family in ruins and himself at the other end of the earth, optimistically building a home for them among the devout polygamists in the Promised Land of Utah. By the time the broken family is reunited, Laxness has spun his trademark blend of compassion and comically brutal satire into a moving and spellbinding enchantment, composed equally of elements of fable and folkore and of the most humble truths
Salka Valka; a novel of Iceland by Halldór Laxness( Book )

110 editions published between 1934 and 2011 in 17 languages and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prosté rybářské děvče, Salka Valka, žije v zapadlé vsi na islandském pobřezí těžký život nemanželského a ještě smrtí o matku připraveného dítěte. Svými ryzími lidskými vlastnostmi, statečností, ušlechtilostí a nezlomným životnímelánem se prodírá k svému místu na světě. Román, vyšlý poprvé r. 1932, získal spisovateli (nar. 1902) světovou slávu a byl i zfilmován
Iceland's bell by Halldór Laxness( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 18th century Iceland, a man becomes a fugitive after being wrongly accused of murder
Under the glacier by Halldór Laxness( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At its outset, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Snaefells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead. But once he arrives, the emissary finds that this dereliction counts only as a mild eccentricity in a community that regards itself as the center of the world and where Creation itself is a work in progress"--Cover
Wayward heroes by Halldór Laxness( Book )

53 editions published between 1952 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 420 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
La cloche d'Islande : roman by Halldór Laxness( Book )

132 editions published between 1943 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 18th century Iceland, a man becomes a fugitive after being wrongly accused of murder
The great weaver from Kashmir by Halldór Laxness( Book )

30 editions published between 1927 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 341 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
A Quire of seven by Halldór Laxness( Book )

6 editions published in 1974 in English and Icelandic and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven short stories
Skáldatími by Halldór Laxness( Book )

21 editions published between 1963 and 1991 in 5 languages and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kristnihald undir Jökli : skáldsaga by Halldór Laxness( Book )

8 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bishop of Iceland sends an emissary to the beautiful, remote district of Snæfellsnes to investigate the affairs of its mysterious pastor
Große nordische Erzähler des 20. Jahrhunderts : Symposium aus Anlaß des 100. Geburtstages von Halldór Laxness, Erlangen, 2. - 4. Mai 2002 by Grosse nordische Erzzahler des 20. Jahrhunderts (Symposium)( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in German and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alþýðubókin by Halldór Laxness( Book )

26 editions published between 1929 and 1956 in 3 languages and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Station atomique by Halldór Laxness( Book )

23 editions published between 1957 and 1991 in French and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barn náttúrunnar : ástarsaga by Halldór Laxness( Book )

27 editions published between 1910 and 2002 in Icelandic and Undetermined and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity at Glacier by Halldór Laxness( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and Icelandic and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sjálfsagðir hlutir : ritgerðir by Halldór Laxness( Book )

21 editions published between 1946 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Independent people : an epic
Alternative Names
Guđjónsson, Haldd́or Kiljan 1902-1998

Guðjónsson, Halldór, 1902-1998

Gudjónsson, Halldór Kiljan 1902-1998

Haldór Kiljan Guđjónsson 1902-1998

Halldór Guđjónsson 1902-1998

Halldór Kiljan Gudjónsson 1902-1998

Halldór Kiljan Laxness 1902-1998

Khalldor Laksness, 1902-1998

Laxnes, Chalntor, 1902-1998

Laxness Halldór 1902-1998

Laxness, Halldór Kiljan, 1902-

Laxness Halldór Kiljan 1902-1998

Лакснесс, Хальдор Кильян, 1902-1998

Хальдор, Лакснесс, 1902-1998

The fish can singWorld light (Heimsljós)The atom stationParadise reclaimedIceland's bellUnder the glacierThe great weaver from Kashmir