For man is…

For man is essentially alone, and one should pity him and love him and grieve with him.

– Halldór Laxness

born in Reykjavík, Iceland, April 23, 1902

died: February 08, 1998

gender: male

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.


3 thoughts on “For man is…

  1. ‘Halldór Laxness is the only Icelandic citizen ever to win a Nobel Prize. His classic, Independent People, took place in a tough and barren Iceland, but was written in Los Angeles during his brief foray into screenwriting.’
    – Goodreads

  2. I’m going to check him out, Ela.

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