The Good Lover

The Good Lover

By Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

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The rich businessman Karl Ástuson left Iceland seventeen years ago to live a Playboy bachelor lifestyle in New York. He has almost everything he could possibly want, but is unable to maintain a relationship longer than a one-night stand. He still pines for his childhood sweetheart Una, so on a whim decides to return to Iceland and find her. They elope to New York City, but Karl’s fairytale romance takes unexpected turns as his past and present collide amid the…
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Literary novel




Philip Roughton

Original Title

Góði elskhuginn

Year of publication


'!Steinunn Sigurðardóttir is a master of irony.'—Sü ddeutsche Zeitung

'It's virtuoso … So beautiful to read that you do not want to stop.'—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

'A richly involving novel that grows in power as it proceeds.’—Sunday Times

Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

Steinunn Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) is a highly acclaimed Icelandic novelist and poet. After working as a journalist and radio reporter she became a full-time writer in 1982. As one of the most frequently translated living Icelandic writers, she has contributed greatly to the international reputation of contemporary Icelandic literature. Steinunn Sigurðardóttir has served on the jury of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and as vice-chair of the Icelandic Writers’ Association. Her novel Yo-yo was awarded the Icelandic Bookseller’s award and has been translated into German and French. Photo: © David Ignaszewski