In a fit of rage against his widowed father, a passionate young man causes a fatal road accident that becomes a secret between him and his troubled younger sister.
The siblings develop differently after the accident. The brother Skorri starts behaving recklessly and gets into all sorts of trouble, while the sister Tinna, starts to retract into herself and becomes a writer. Skorri is concerned Tinna is revealing their secret in all her writing and torments her so much that she in the end leaves Iceland. She moves to Berlin, gets a boyfriend and starts a new life there. When Tinna suddenly disappears in Berlin, Skorri sets out to find her straight away. He soon understands that the past is about to catch up to him, leading him to take some very difficult choices.
The story of Tinna and Skorri is a story about the horror and violence of love, it is a story about the cruelty of fate, it is a story about how limited control people actually have over the course of their lives, and how much you are willing to sacrifice for the truth.
This book is a feast for both general readers and literature scholars, a book that deals with the biggest questions in life and doesn’t try to answer them with anything but the art itself.
In Brother, Armand offers strong character development, a really compelling story and some thrilling excitement in his best novel so far.
Brother is an elaborate work of contemporary fiction that deals with the largest questions in life.
Without a doubt Armand’s best work so far. I couldn’t put it down.
Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, host of Vikan, the most-watched late night TV show in Iceland.
I have been following Halldór Armand for several years now and have always thought very highly of his books. Brother is no exception. It is an intricate and subtle story served by a beautiful and modern writing. The characters are complex and allow for deep considerations about trauma and human nature in general. But it still manages to remain a very entertaining read. Halldór Armand is a unique voice in Icelandic literature.
Jean Christophe Salaun for Editions Métailié