Interruptions — Andri Snær Magnason and Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir

Meet the Author

The 10th of February, the Nordic House is hosting a literary event where authors discuss and dissect literature as a disruptive force, and how collisions with new words and ideas can send our thoughts down new and unexpected paths.

We tend to see interruptions as negative, breaking our focus and disrupting the order we are constantly working on bringing to our lives, but in their absence, we crave the diversion they bring. During the quiet dullness of winter, a mood exacerbated by the effect of the global pandemic, interruptions in all forms have been constantly present while our normal stimuli, such as social interactions, are vastly different to what we are used to.

Obstruction caused by breaking in upon course, current, progress, or motion; stop; hindrance.  The state of being interrupted; a breach or break, caused by the abrupt intervention of something foreign; intervention; interposition. “Lest the interruption of time cause you to lose the idea of one part.”

What happens during and after an interruption?

Andri Snær Magnason is known for his works of fiction and non-fiction that jolt readers out of their comfortable numbness, inspiring both thought and action.

Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir is an experienced reporter who in recent years has gained recognition for her novels that deal with catastrophes, both on a personal level as well as a larger scale.

Moderator: Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir is a literary critic and the Editor-in-chief of Iceland Review.

The conversation will be in English.