Vignettes Contemporary Sagas

Ármann Reynisson offers his readers a unique glimpse into Icelandic society both in modern times and the past. His stories cover a wide variety of topics set in the countryside and the towns alike, exploring the country's people, animals and natural wonders.

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Photographer, Ómar Óskarsson. Morgunblaðið - newspaper

A brief Biography


Ármann Reynisson was born in Reykjavik in 1951. He has played a significant role in cultural and business life in Iceland since he returned from his studies at The London School of Economics in 1982. Always unconventional by choice, Reynisson has usually turned to testing out innovations in the various occupations he has taken up over the years. As a result he is regarded as both untraditional and controversial by his fellow Icelanders. After he completed his education.

Always unconventional by choice, Reynisson has usually turned to testing out innovations in the various occupations he has taken up over the years. As a result he is regarded as both untraditional and controversial by his fellow Icelanders. After he completed his education.

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Critics

"Ármann´s vignettes transport you to a wonderful world of reflection and thought by giving the reader a glimpse into not only Icelandic culture, but also those from many lands. I teach Icelandic and have used some of them in my advanced levels of the language in order for students to appreciate the beauty and writing style that is captured in his vignettes. Looking at the English translations of them, I quickly notice that translators Dr. Martin Regal and Lisa Marie Mahmic M.A. have managed to do justice in retaining the flavor of the original Icelandic, a feat not so easily mastered by many. This calls to mind Seamus Heany’s excellent modern English rendition of Beowulf as he [Heany] manages to do the same with the Old English poem."

Josef V. Fioretta, Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages & Linguistics. Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, U.S.A
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Books

88 Stories Around Iceland

In 88 Stories Around Iceland, Ármann Reynisson offers his readers a unique glimpse into Icelandic society both in modern times and the past. His stories cover a wide variety of topics set in the countryside and the towns alike, exploring the country’s people, animals and natural wonders. The collection also contains stories about the relations between humans and elves, as well as some mildly erotic stories. The order in which the stories appear follows a journey around the country and for the reader’s convenience; there is a map of Iceland on each page pinpointing the exact location where the story takes place. The stories in this collection are especially well suited for reading aloud and are intended to be informative and contemplative.

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88 Stories Around Reykjavík

In 88 Stories Around Reykjavík, Ármann Reynisson offers his readers a unique glimpse into Reykjavík society both in modern times and the past. His stories cover a wide variety of topics af áhugaverðum stöðum og náttúrustemmingum, sérstökum atburðum eins og bankahruninu 2008 og ekki síst  skapandi fólki sem setur sterkan svip á borgina. The collection also contanis stories about gamalgróna veitingarstaði andrúmslofti þeirra og sögu nokkrum listmunabúðum as well as som mildly erotic stories. The stories in this collection are especially well suited for reading aloud and are intended ot be informarive and contemplative.

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Vignettes XVIII

In recent years, a number of immigrants have settled in Iceland from all over the world. There are portrait stories of a few of them in Vignettes XVIII, exploring their different reasons for coming to Iceland and how their lives in the new country have progressed. In addition, there are portrait stories of some of the nation’s pioneers in various fields who are among many of the intriguing characters that Ármann Reynisson has encountered along life’s journey. There are also stories about the interaction between people in day-to-day life and contemporary issues are also addressed.

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Vignettes XVII

A few of the stories in Vignettes XVII have a national flavour while others come from contemporary daily life. The thirteen Yule Lads marry Yule Women while elves, trolls and hidden people creep into a few vignettes here and there. There are stories connected to South-Eastern Iceland, but also to Skagafjörður and Tröllaskagi where we find the home of the Yule Lads and their Yule Women. Portrait stories can also be found of interesting contemporary people who Ármann Reynisson has met on life’s journey. They are a varied group of people who carry out both practical and spiritual jobs and make their mark on their occupations and Icelandic society.   All brought beautifully together with the unique style of the author who is both concise yet poetic, realistic and inspirational. The vignettes are ideal for reading aloud at many an occasion.  

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