People in the Basement
People in the Basement is about Klara, who grew up with liberal hippie parents and had a beautiful childhood, but is now living with a young man on the up. Certain events lead her to reconcile with her parents' ideals, as well as to deal with the values of her own generation. At the same time, she discovers new aspects of herself and her own life. People in the Basement is a powerful novel that breaks down many traditional ideas about life and existence and forces the reader to take a stand. The book won the Icelandic Literature Prize in 2004 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize.
People in the Basement is a complex novel that gripped me so tightly and touched me so forcefully that I even cried at times.Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir, bokmenntir.is
Auður's best book.Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson, Spotlight
In her lively narrative, Auður manages to bring the characteristics of this ambiguity to the surface in a text that is all at once tragic and funny, tolerant and judgmental, warm and cold… very effective.Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir, Morgunblaðið