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Open Letter
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About the Author

Bragi Ólafsson is the author of several books of poetry and short stories, along with six novels, including The Pets (a finalist for the Icelandic Literature Prize) and The Ambassador (finalist for the Nordic Council Literature Prize and recipient of the Icelandic Bookseller's Award as the best novel of the year), both of which are available from Open Letter Books. Bragi is one of the founders of the publishing company Smekkleysa (Bad Taste), and translated Paul Auster's City of Glass into Icelandic. He is also a former bass player with The Sugarcubes, the internationally successful pop group that featured Björk as the lead vocalist.

Lytton Smith is a poet, professor, and translator from the Icelandic. His most recent translations include works by Kristin Ómarsdóttir, Jón Gnarr, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, and Guðbergur Bergsson. His most recent poetry collection, The All-Purpose Magical Tent, was published by Nightboat. Having earned his MFA and PhD from Columbia University, he currently teaches at SUNY Geneseo.


"Dark, scary, and unbelievably funny."--Los Angeles Times

"The best short novel I've read this year. . . . Small, dark, and hard to put down."--Paul LaFarge

"A shaggy-dog story that at times reads like a sort of minor-key, Scandinavian rewrite of an English campus novel: charming, funny and strange in equal parts."--Financial Times

"Delightfully funny and unexpectedly complex, The Pets introduces American readers to a fresh voice and perspective, and provides ample incentive for us to crawl out from under the bed."--L Magazine

"The first adjective that comes to my mind when I think of [Narrator] by Bragi Ólafsson is 'wonderful.'"--Stundin

"Ólafsson's English-language debut is part Beckettian or even Kafkaesque black comedy, part existential novel in the Paul Auster mode, and part locked-room mystery."--Kirkus Reviews