Guðbergur Bergsson (1932–2023) was a novelist, poet, short story writer, essayist, and critic. One of the leading inheritors of the modern Icelandic literature of Halldór Laxness (1902–1998) and Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889–1975), the aesthetics of Guðbergur’s work stretches from the literary traditions of Iceland to the cultural domains of Europe and North and South America. Widely translated, Guðbergur was also a much-respected translator and enriched Icelandic culture with works of world literature, including Cervantes’s

Don Quixote

, Juan Ramon Jimenez’s

Platero and I

, and Gabriel García Marquez’s

One Hundred Years of Solitude


Born on 16 October 1932 at the farm Ísólfsskáli near the (at the time) village of Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Guðbergur moved with

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Citation: Bjarnadóttir, Birna. "Guðbergur Bergsson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2024 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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