The Woman at 1000 Degrees - by Hallgrímur Helgason

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Hallgrímur Helgason was criticized heavily for this book, as it was largely based on real people that lived in Iceland. Those kinds of things seem to spark controversy and bickering within small bourgeois societies like ours, even if the story itself is fiction… well, more or less. There is a small ground for that bourgeois bickering. The main character of the book is called Herra—which actually translates to “sir” in English, but is short for Herbjörg—and she’s a stand-in for the very real Brynhildur Björnsson. Article we wrote about this book on

Pages 464. Soft cover.


About the Author

Hallgrímur Helgason is Iceland’s best known Icelandic authors—well, after Halldór Laxness. His books have been translated to dozen of other languages and his novel ‘101 Reykjavík’ became a hit movie directed by Baltasar Kormákur.