The Role of the Past in Modern Writing

Finnish author Katja Kettu’s novel The Widwife (2011) follows its characters through World War II and the Lapland War. Ófeigur Sigurðsson’s award-winning novel Jón (2010) is set in the mid-eighteenth century on the brink of the Enlightenment, and his latest novel, Wastelands (2014), features a historical Viennese scholar. Bergsveinn Birgisson has written the story of Geirmundur Heljarskinn, an early settler of Iceland who is mentioned in Landnáma, the twelfth-century book that documented Icelandic settlement. These authors will discuss the role of the past in their writing, and how they craft their narratives to accurately reflect historical periods and events.

The Role of the Past in Modern Writing: Katja Kettu, Ófeigur Sigurðsson & Bergsveinn Birgisson

Moderator: Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir