Bókmenntahátíð í Reykjavík I The Reykjavík International Literary Festival

David Mitchell, a great fan of Iceland

David Mitchell (1969) is a bestselling British author, one of the most popular contemporary writers in Great Britain. He is best known for his novel Cloud Atlas (2004), which was made into a film in 2012. Mitchell’s latest novel, The Bone Clocks (2014), was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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David Mitchell

Mitchell is a great fan of Iceland. Parts of The Bone Clocks take place here, with one of the protagonists being invited to take part in this very festival (though not sooner than 2018). In a recent interview with Morgunblaðið, he expressed great admiration for Halldór Laxness and his novel Independent People, naming it one of the most powerful books he has ever read.

Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2007. His new novel, Slade House, will be published in October by Random House.

Panel: Icelandic Literature as an Inspiration

September 6 – 9, 2017

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