Arnaldur Indriðason

Last updated
Arnaldur Indriðason
Arnaldur Indridason Hki 2004 4681 C.JPG
Arnaldur Indriðason at the Helsinki Book Fair, Finland, 2004
Born (1961-01-28) 28 January 1961 (age 60)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Genre crime fiction

Arnaldur Indriðason (pronounced [ˈartnaltʏr ˈɪntrɪðasɔn] ; born 28 January 1961 [1] ) [2] is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction; his most popular series features the protagonist Detective Erlendur. [3]



Arnaldur was born in Reykjavík on 28 January 1961, the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) in 1996. He worked as a journalist for the newspaper Morgunblaðið from 1981 to 1982, and later as a freelance writer. From 1986 to 2001, he was a film critic for Morgunblaðið.

His first book, Sons of Earth (Synir duftsins) came out in 1997, the first in the series with Detective Erlendur. The first two novels in the series have not yet been translated into English. [4] As of 2013, the series included 14 novels. Arnaldur is considered one of the most popular writers in Iceland in recent years — topping bestseller lists time and again.[ citation needed ] In 2004, his books were 7 of the 10 most popular titles borrowed in Reykjavík City Library[ citation needed ]. In 2006, his Erlendur novel Mýrin was made into a film, known internationally as Jar City , by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur. [5]

Arnaldur's novels have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, including Arabic, Russian, Polish, German, Greek, Danish, Catalan, English, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese, Croatian, Romanian, Bulgarian, French, Serbian, Slovenian and Turkish .


Arnaldur received the Glass Key award, a literature prize for the best Nordic crime novel, in 2002 and 2003. He won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 2005 for his novel Silence of the Grave . He won the world's most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000, in 2013 for Shadow Alley (Skuggasund). [6] [note 1]


Detective Erlendur series

Young Erlendur

  • Einvígið (The Duel), 2011 [note 2]
  • Reykjavíkurnætur (Reykjavik Nights), 2012. Trans. 2015
  • Kamp Knox (Oblivion), 2014. Published in the U.S. as Into Oblivion, 2016

Reykjavik Wartime Mystery series (Flovent and Thorson)

Konráð series

Other novels

Other writings

See also

Related Research Articles

Reykjavík Capital and largest city of Iceland

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói bay. Its latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. With a population of around 131,136, it is the centre of Iceland's cultural, economic and governmental activity, and is a popular tourist destination.

<i>Voices</i> (Indriðason novel)

Voices is a 2006 translation of a 2003 crime novel by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason, in his Detective Erlendur series. It was first published in English in August 2006. The Swedish translation of the novel (Änglarösten) won Sweden's Martin Beck Award for the best crime novel in translation.

Sjón Icelandic writer

Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, known as Sjón, is an Icelandic poet, novelist, and lyricist. Sjón frequently collaborates with the singer Björk and has performed with The Sugarcubes as Johnny Triumph. His works have been translated into 30 languages.

<i>Jar City</i> Crime novel by Arnaldur Indriðason

Jar City, also known as Tainted Blood, is a crime novel by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason, first published in Iceland in 2000. It was the first in the Detective Erlendur series to be translated into English. In the UK, the title was changed to Tainted Blood when the paperback edition was released.

<i>Silence of the Grave</i>

Silence of the Grave is a crime novel by Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indriðason. Set in Reykjavík, the novel forms part of the author's regionally popular Murder Mystery Series, which star Detective Erlendur. Originally published in Icelandic in 2001, the English translation by Bernard Scudder, in 2005, won the British Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award for best crime novel of the year.

<i>Leyndardómar Reykjavíkur 2000</i>

Leyndardómar Reykjavíkur 2000 is a crime novel which was written by multiple Icelandic authors, each author writing one chapter. The novel received negative reviews.

Baltasar Kormákur

Baltasar Kormákur Baltasarsson is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, The Sea, A Little Trip to Heaven, a film based on the book Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason, Contraband, 2 Guns and Everest.

Iceland has a notable cinema film industry, with many Icelandic actors having gone on to receive international attention. The most famous film, and the only one to be nominated for the Academy Award and European Film Awards, is Börn náttúrunnar, directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. This film brought Icelandic cinema to the international scene, which has since grown to its height, with films such as Nói Albínói by Dagur Kári, heralded as descendants of the Icelandic film tradition.

<i>Jar City</i> (film) 2006 Icelandic film by Baltasar Kormákur

Jar City is a 2006 Icelandic film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. It is based on Mýrin, a 2000 novel written by Arnaldur Indriðason and released in English as Jar City.

Bernard John Scudder was a British translator from Icelandic into English. His translations include the work of best-selling crime writer Arnaldur Indriðason and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Scudder's translation of Arnaldur's novel Silence of the Grave won the 2005 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger.

Indriði Guðmundur Þorsteinsson was an Icelandic writer.

<i>Arctic Chill</i>

Arctic Chill is a 2008 translation of a 2005 crime novel by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason, in his Detective Erlendur series.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir Prime Minister of Iceland (born 1976)

Katrín Jakobsdóttir is an Icelandic politician serving as the prime minister of Iceland since 2017. She has been a member of the Althing for the Reykjavík North constituency since 2007. She became deputy chairperson of the Left-Green Movement in 2003 and has been their chairperson since 2013. Katrín was Iceland's minister of education, science and culture and of Nordic co-operation from 2 February 2009 to 23 May 2013. She is Iceland's second female prime minister after Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. On 19 February 2020, she was named Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders.

Óttar Martin Norðfjörð is an Icelandic writer, both of crime fiction and poetry. He has a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Iceland. His first novel, Barnagælur, was published in 2005. His crime novels have been translated into Dutch, German and Spanish.

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson Icelandic film actor

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson is an Icelandic actor who has worked extensively in Icelandic cinema. He has had roles in Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's Englar alheimsins and Baltasar Kormákur's Mýrin and Everest. In addition to his film work, Ingvar has also acted extensively in television and stage productions, both in Iceland and overseas.

RBA Prize for Crime Writing was a Spanish literary award said to be the world's most lucrative crime fiction prize at €125,000. It is funded by Barcelona-based multimedia publishing company RBA.

The Inspector Erlendur Series is a popular murder mystery series featuring Reykjavik detective Erlendur Sveinsson. Written by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason, the series is published in the U.S. by Minotaur Press and consists of more than a dozen novels. Mýrin, the third book in the series, was the first to be translated into English. Mýrin was also adapted as a 2006 film entitled Jar City, starring Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson as Erlendur.

Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir Icelandic writer (born 1973)

Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir is an Icelandic writer.

Ævar Örn Jósepsson is an Icelandic journalist, translator, and author.


  1. Arnaldur Indriðason Jolabokaflod
  2. "Arnaldur Indriðason". Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. "Arnaldur Indriðason | Literature Web". City of literature UNESCO (in Icelandic). 15 April 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  4. "The Reykjavik Murder Mysteries by Arnaldur Indridason". February 1, 2012.
  5. Scott, A. O. (29 February 2008). "A Haunting Enigma of Violence and Chaos". New York Times.
  6. "Arnaldur Indridason wins the 7th RBA Crime Novel Award for the forthcoming 'Shadow Channel'". Catalan News Wire. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  7. Stasio, Marilyn (26 September 2008). "Missing persons". New York Times.
  8. Stasio, Marilyn (17 September 2009). "Summer of '66". New York Times.


  1. Incorrectly translated as Shadow Channel by Catalan News Agency in reference.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Not yet translated into English