For man is essentially alone, and one should pity him and love him and grieve with him.
– Halldór Laxness
died: February 08, 1998
genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories
influences: The Icelandic Sagas, Catholicism, Communism, Taoism
Born Halldór Guðjónsson, he adopted the surname Laxness in honour of Laxnes in Mosfellssveit where he grew up, his family having moved from Reyjavík in 1905. He published his first novel at the age of 17, the beginning of a long literary career of over 60 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. Confirmed a Catholic in 1923, he later moved away from religion and for a long time was sympathetic to Communist politics, which is evident in his novels World Light and Independent People. In 1955 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.