Viktor is an Icelandic author I am really enjoying at the moment. He was born in Akureyri in 1955 and although he is a successful writer he continues to work as a civil engineer in Iceland I think for the equivalent of the Ministry of transport.
I had a wonderful holiday in Iceland last year and when I returned I was interested in finding out more about the country, and reading more by Icelandic and listening to more Icelandic music. I’ve done both to some extent! I can’t remember how I came across Viktor, but the first book I read, The Flatey Enigma which is about a professor who is studying an ancient runic manuscript and is found dead on a small island. It is set in the 1960’s so it captures a time before all the modern technology was available, and many of the isolated Icelandic communities lived in a way that was probably not that much different from the way they’d lived for hundreds of years. The detail of their lives is fascinating, so as well as trying to find the answer to the mystery of the death (and subsequent gory deaths) the reader is given a fascinating insight into a by-gone age. The clues to the death lie in the Flatey Book (which actually exists) an old manuscript. Read it – you’ll enjoy it and find it fascinating!
I am now reading another of Viktor’s books, House of Evidence… I’ll let you know more about it when I’m finished, but it is another gripping book, and reads so well even in translation!