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.