Brother

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 have different reactions to the accident. The brother, Skorri, starts behaving recklessly and gets into all sorts of trouble, while the sister, Tinna, starts to withdraw into herself and becomes a writer. Skorri is concerned Tinna is revealing their secret through her writing and torments her so much that she ends up moving to Berlin, where she gets a boyfriend and starts a new life. When Tinna suddenly disappears, Skorri sets out to find her. He soon understands that the past is about to catch up to him, leading him to make some very difficult choices. The story of Tinna and Skorri is about the horror and violence of love, about how little control people actually have over their lives, and how much they 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 art itself.

Víðsjá, RÚV

In Brother, Armand offers strong character development, a truly compelling story, and some thrilling excitement in his best novel so far.

Fréttablaðið newspaper

Brother is an elaborate work of contemporary fiction that deals with the life’s largest questions

Morgunblaðið newspaper

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 through 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

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