Nordic Noir: Secrets of the Ash
Featuring Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Richard Wall, of Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre, Department of Earth Sciences
- This second meeting in the Nordic Noir Book Club took place at the Courtyard Café on 17th March 2011. The event was an investigation into Icelandic crime fiction and included discussions on its relationship with international crime writing, the Icelandic literary tradition and other aspects of Icelandic culture and landscape.
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is the internationally acclaimed Icelandic novelist, author of Last Rituals (2008), My Soul to Take (2009), and Ashes to Dust (2010). Yrsa’s main protagonist is the lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, who through her job in a small Reykjavík law firm, stumbles upon weird cases of mysterious deaths, past and present. In her latest book in English, Ashes to Dust, it is the unveiling of three dead bodies and one human head under a pile of ash from the 1973 volcanic eruption in the Vestmanna Islands that sets Thóra on the trail of truths coincidentally and conveniently hidden by a natural catastrophe. Some of Yrsa’s titles that are available in English are Last Rituals, My Soul to Take and Ashes to Dust. They are available through the usual outlets, and most are in paperback.
UCL Nordic Noir presents Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: Click on the link to listen to an mp3 podcast of Yrsa’s talk and the following Q&A with the book club members.
Richard Wall of Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre, Department of Earth Sciences, joined us to discuss the use of geological and (literary) historical information to set the scene for modern crime novels. The Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre is Europe’s leading multidisciplinary academic hazard research centre, which focusses on Geological Hazards, Meteorological Hazards & Seasonal Forecasting, and Disaster Studies & Management.
UCL Nordic Noir presents Richard Wall: Click on the link to listen to an mp3 podcast of Richard’s talk and the following Q&A with the book club members.