Shortcuts
Please wait while page loads.
Cairns Libraries . Default .
PageMenu- Main Menu-
Page content

Catalogue Display

Miss Iceland / Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir ; translated from the Icelandic by Brian FitzGibbon.

Iceland in the 1960s. Hekla always knew she wanted to be a writer. In a nation of poets, where each household proudly displays leatherbound volumes of the Sagas, and there are more writers per capita than anywhere else in the world, there is only one problem: she is a woman. After packing her few belongings, including James Joyce's Ulysses and a Remington typewriter, Hekla heads for Reykjavík with a manuscript buried in her bags. She moves in with her friend Jon, a gay man who longs to work in the theater, but can only find dangerous, backbreaking work on fishing trawlers. Hekla's opportunities are equally limited: marriage and babies, or her job as a waitress, in which harassment from customers is part of the daily grind. The two friends feel completely out of place in a small and conservative world. And yet that world is changing: JFK is shot and hemlines are rising. In Iceland another volcano erupts and Hekla meets a poet who brings to light harsh realities about her art. Hekla realizes she must escape to find freedom abroad, whatever the cost.

Item Information
Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
C9009151484 F OLA
Adult fiction   City Branch . . On Loan, Reserved . 12 Oct 2020
. Catalogue Record 1053625 ItemInfo Beginning of record . Catalogue Record 1053625 ItemInfo Top of page .
Catalogue Information
Field name Details
ISBN 9781782275671
1782275673
Author Auður A. Ólafsdóttir, 1958- author.
Title Miss Iceland / Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir ; translated from the Icelandic by Brian FitzGibbon.
Published London, England : Pushkin Press, 2020.
Physical description 250 pages ; 20 cm.
General note Translated from the Icelandic.
Summary Iceland in the 1960s. Hekla always knew she wanted to be a writer. In a nation of poets, where each household proudly displays leatherbound volumes of the Sagas, and there are more writers per capita than anywhere else in the world, there is only one problem: she is a woman. After packing her few belongings, including James Joyce's Ulysses and a Remington typewriter, Hekla heads for Reykjavík with a manuscript buried in her bags. She moves in with her friend Jon, a gay man who longs to work in the theater, but can only find dangerous, backbreaking work on fishing trawlers. Hekla's opportunities are equally limited: marriage and babies, or her job as a waitress, in which harassment from customers is part of the daily grind. The two friends feel completely out of place in a small and conservative world. And yet that world is changing: JFK is shot and hemlines are rising. In Iceland another volcano erupts and Hekla meets a poet who brings to light harsh realities about her art. Hekla realizes she must escape to find freedom abroad, whatever the cost.
Subject Authors -- Fiction
Social role -- Fiction
Friendship
Fiction
Iceland -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction
Iceland -- Fiction
Iceland
Iceland -- History -- 16th century -- Fiction
Reservations Queue 2
Catalogue Information 1053625 Beginning of record . Catalogue Information 1053625 Top of page .