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Guðbergur Bergsson

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Guðbergur Bergsson

Born( 1932-10-16 ) 16 October 1932 (age 88) Grindavik , Iceland
OccupationTeacher Author Translator of Spanish works
Alma materUniversity of Iceland University of Barcelona
Period1961 ( 1961 ) -present
Notable worksSvanurinn ( The Swan )
Notable awardsIcelandic Literary Prize 1997 Fair og moir og dulmagn bernskunnar: skaldvisaga Icelandic Literary Prize 1991 Svanurinn ( The Swan )

Gubergur Bergsson was born in 1932 and has enjoyed long Literary career. In 1960s, he was writing revolutionary novels, as well as acting as spokesman for innovation in narrative art and as advocate of radical critique of bigotry, class society, and servility. His novels have brought onstage ordinary Icelandic folk of day-People in fishing industry, sailors, clerks, all now regarded as eligible to tread boards on stage. Tomas Jonsson, of book Tomas Jonsson-bestseller, is probably most famous clerk in Icelandic Literature, Old fogey who in infirmity of his advanced years lies in bed recalling his life and times. Bergsson has produced more than twenty novels, as well as poems, short stories, and auto fiction, and articles and essays. Whats more, he is one of countrys most accomplished translators. By way of his translations, he has given Icelanders access to many canonical works of Spanish and Latin American Literature, including Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as well as stories by Jorge Luis Borges and Juan Rulfo, name but few. In postscript to his translation of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Bergsson writes: There is sort of biblical tone in way that One Hundred Years of Solitude is narrate, and this presumably revolves around motif from one of five books of Moses. Hamsun may have been first author to bring US this myth in modern guise; he brought it down to Earth in form of novel as he leads his people over mountains and across deserts in search of new form of growth of soil. They then raise town on this promised land, to which Halldor Laxne Independent People respond with Bjartur i Sumarhusum, which is abandoned and lay to waste after period of prosperity filled with incest and deluge that are in people's souls. Several authors have reiterated this Old Testament material in numerous variations, with results that are and not so good. Favour scenes included or territories that once form new world but are now lose. This frequently echoed story is about family sagas inspired by Lutheran or communist spirit, and that have particularly degenerate effect on sins and set themselves goal of being simultaneously national symbol, punishing whip, and declaration of love to familys homestead. Best Known Writers Of This Type Of Love-hate Novel Are Hamsun, Faulkner, Laxness, Rulfo, And Marquez. Hamsun writes about this world prism of absence. Laxness portrays it as one of stagnation and hopeless struggle for daily bread. Yet with these benchmarks are absent. He turned it all on its head, following none of recipes that had been used before. Yet punishing whip is certainly in evidence, and from time to time it is raised high to deal blow.

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