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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (Jan. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161109139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611091397
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hallgrimur Helgason was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1959. He started out as an artist, showing his work in several galleries of both New York and Paris, where he lived in the late eighties and early nineties. He made his debut as a novelist in 1990 and gained international attention with his third novel, 101 Reykjavik (“Imagine if Henry Miller had written Tropic of Cancer on crack instead of wine.”-Tim Sandlin), which was made into a film starring Victoria Abril. In 2001 Helgason received the Icelandic Literary Prize for The Author of Iceland. He has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, with 101 Reykjavik in 1999, and Stormland in 2007. A film based on the latter was released in early 2011. The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning is his only novel written in English. It was published in Iceland in 2008, in the author’s own translation, and became a bestseller in Germany in 2010. A father of three, Hallgrimur divides his time between Reykjavik and Hrísey Island.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John W. Kingma on Oct. 18 2012
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Once I started this book I found it hard to put down. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time. As a frequent visitor to Iceland it felt like the story was taking place in my own back yard. So weird at times it feels like a David Lynch film... Yet it is also extremely funny as well. It was well worth the price of admission, so to speak.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By larrypilot on Feb. 3 2013
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i found it a bit far fetched and drab to read.the plot is shallow and has no real climax punch. i read it to the end but only with effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murray on Jan. 16 2013
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Easy read, well paced story, with amusing overtones. Aplogies to ICeland, I expect, but an inteeresting work-up of a bland setting. Look for the sequel? The conclusion a surprise. Overall a fun book.
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By Rick 49 on Sept. 30 2013
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The first half is funny (black humour). Lots of word play. The pace slows down a little in the second half, but this is still a worthwhile read, particularly if you are somewhat interested in Iceland.
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I laughed out lould throught out this book. Outrageous...because he tells it like it is. Spicy Croatian sausage meets sliced white bread. It;s outrageous what goes on in this sheltered society when a man of the world meets the cozy Icelanders. He either buys in or goes crazy...one of the best books I've read last year.

Too bad only two of hsi books are tranlated into English...both are a must read if you are tired of the same boring stuff. Makes you think about life and values today.
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