Lectures & Literary past

Online: A Fist or a Heart Book Talk With Kristín Eiríksdóttir & Larissa Kyzer


TUE—May 5—3 PM, free

On Tuesday, May 5, Icelandic author Kristín Eiríksdóttir and ASF Translation Prize winner Larissa Kyzer will present an online book talk on A Fist or a Heart, winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize.

Elín Jónsdóttir lives an isolated existence in Reykjavík, Iceland, making props and prosthetics for theatrical productions and Nordic crime flicks. In her early seventies, she has recently become fascinated with another loner, Ellen Álfsdóttir, a sensitive young playwright and illegitimate daughter of a famous writer. The girl has aroused maternal feelings in Elín, but she has also stirred discomfiting memories long packed away. Because their paths have crossed before. One doesn’t remember. The other is about to forget. A Fist or a Heart is a gripping, artfully interwoven novel of power, secrets, and isolation by one of the most bracing and original voices of the author’s generation.


Please send audience questions ahead of the discussion to info@amscan.org. Select questions will be chosen for a Q&A following the conversation. Following the event, the video will be available to stream on YouTube.

On Tuesday, May 12, we will follow up the event with an Online Nordic Book Club discussing the novel. Click here to read more and register.