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Höll minninganna
Olaf Olafsson
publisher: , 2003

translated as:
Walking Into the Night
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2003
translation: Victoria Cribb / Olaf Olafsson

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refered to by:
The Journey Home
Olaf Olafsson


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As butler to William Randolph Hearst at San Simeon castle, Christian Benediktsson lives quietly, almost invisibly. He completes his tasks efficiently and with aplomb, catering to the whims of the volatile Chief and overseeing the running of the hectic household. Privy to the goings-on of the celebrity guests who visit as well as to Hearst’s intimate relationship with his mistress, the actress Marion Davies, he is the picture of discretion. An extremely private man, those around him know nothing of him or his life. And so it is in his thoughts and in unsent letters to his wife back in Iceland that we witness the unraveling of his former life, which began when he abandoned her and their children for an actress in New York City. Once a successful businessman, he erases his past and himself after a sudden tragic death and his financial ruin, the result of a jilted lover’s vengeance.

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Walking Into the Night
2003
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An Icelandic butler in America wrestles with guilt and secret passions.
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In the remaining months of her life, a woman heads home to Iceland to confront her past.
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Walking Into the Night
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Absolution
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Peter Petersson is wracked with nightmares of the past. Now a dying man leading a degenerate life in New York, estranged from his family, he confesses everything, from his boyhood in Reykjavik to his escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark – and the 'little crime' that destroyed his life.
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The Journey Home
Olaf Olafsson, 1999

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