Icelander Wins EU Literature Prize

Icelander Wins EU Literature Prize

Halldóra K. Thoroddsen has been named as one of the 12 recipients of this year’s European Union Prize for Literature.Halldóra wins the prize for her novella Tvöfalt gler —a story which “exquisitely captures the often-overlooked passions of old age.”Death is closing in on an elderly woman in her small apartment; her husband recently passed away, her friends gone, her body failing and her role in society diminished. As she observes the world through her window pane, she feels simultaneously exposed and isolated.Organizers say: “The European Union Prize for Literature is an award which recognizes outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe, and highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature, while drawing attention to the continent’s unique cultural and lin…