101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason – Hilarious & Popular Icelandic Fiction

Have you heard a ton of great and witty things about 101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason?  This hilarious contemporary fiction novel is set in Iceland. Find 101 Reykjavik book summaries and reviews here.


101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason

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101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason
Book Information

Author: Hallgrimur Helgason  |  Translated By: Brian FitzGibbon
Genre: Books Set In Iceland | Contemporary Fiction | Dark Comedy
Pages: 352
Publisher: Scribner | Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 2007
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101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason Summary

“Hlynur Bjorn sleeps in. He surfs the Web. He tests the efficacy of various pornography. And at night, he hits the K-bar for a few drinks, maybe a tab of E, and perhaps a bit of sex before another crash. He’d blithely remain in this cycle forever, but when his part-time girlfriend reveals she’s pregnant, his way of life is threatened. Hlynur withdraws and becomes obsessed with his mother’s best friend, only to discover, after he’s shagged her, that she’s his mother’s lesbian lover. And just when you believe he couldn’t twist up his life any further, Hlynur finds a way.

Icelandic novelist HallgrÍmur Helgason inhabits his antihero’s mind with marvelous acuity, subversive wit, and devilish charm. Hlynur is a true product of our postmodern global culture. Well beyond slackerdom, he lives at home with his mother and depends on social welfare. He’s a quick-witted and articulate young man, and there’s nothing wrong with him — other than a total lack of ambition, an off-kilter sense of morality, and a nagging set of existential woes.

Against the backdrop of ReykjavÍk’s storied nightlife and amid the swelling global presence of Icelandic culture, Helgason portrays with brutal honesty and humor a young man who takes uselessness to new extremes, and for whom redemption may not be an option. 101 ReykjavÍk is a spectacularly inventive, darkly comic tale of depraved and inspired humanity.”

Simon and Schuster

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About The Author, Hallgrimur Helgason

Hallgrimur Helgason is an Icelandic author and artist with a background in art as well as fine arts from schools in both Iceland and Germany.  Born in 1959, Helgason began his infamous writing career in 1990.

Helgason is an award-winning author with two of his novels turned into movies.  He writes poetry, had a short career as a comedian, and is not afraid to engage in Icelandic political debates. Read more about Hallgrimur Helgason.

We also reviewed Helgason’t Woman At 1000 Degrees here→

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