Heida, the solitary sheep farmer
Sample in English available
German translation available
Awarded the Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize and the Women’s Literature Prize in Iceland
You can also see BBCs documentary about Heida here: http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20171003-the-icelandic-model-who-shears-sheep
A seasonal portrait of an Icelandic superheroine
Heiða, named after the one-and-only Heidi of literary fame, is a solitary farmer, with a flock of five-hundred sheep on the farm Ljótarstaðir in a remorseless area bordering Iceland’s highlands. One of Heiða’s nearest neighbors is Iceland’s most notorious volcano, Katla, which has repeatedly driven away the inhabitants of Ljótarstaðir ever since people first started farming there in the twelfth century.
The heroic tale of this charismatic young woman, who had a chance to work as a model in New York, is divided according to the four seasons. Heiða tells of her struggles with herself and the powers of nature with deep feeling, keen wit and humor, weaving the narrative with anecdotes of her animals and farm work. Heiða’s energetic narrative is interspersed with her deftly-composed quatrains, as well as her insightful reflections on Icelandic nature.
A unique work of art. An ode to Icelandic nature and the work of Icelandic farmersFarmers Gazette, Iceland
A textbook on being an IcelanderThe Morning Paper
As if you wereElke Heidenreich, author, Germany
opening a window looking into a new landscape, into an incredible life
A true story that reads like a novelRúnar Helgi Vignisson, professor of literature, Iceland