The Last Days of My Mother

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The Last Days of My Mother

By Solvi Bjorn Sigurosson; Helga Soffia Einarsdottir (Translator)

Open Letter Books, Hardcover, 9781934824733, 203pp.

Publication Date: June 24, 2014

Hermann, 37 years old and listless, has his life turned upside-down when his rapier-tongued, usually intoxicated mother is diagnosed with cancer. They embark on a picaresque journey to Amsterdam to get her a special treatment, and to bond over all the booze they can imbibe. Wickedly funny and profound, this is a mother-son novel for the twenty-first century.

About the Author
Solvi Bjorn Sigurdsson is the author of three books of poetry and the novels "Radio Selfoss, The Murakami Girlfriend, " and "The Last Days of My Mother." His most recent book, "The Icelandic Water Book," was published in the fall of 2013. A translator of classical poetry, he has also received distinguished nominations for his translation of Rimbaud's "A Season In Hell." His "Diabolical Comedy," a modern take on "The Divine Comedy," has been translated into Finnish, Swedish and Danish.

Helga Soffia Einarsdottir grew up in Tanzania, and has since lived in Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Edinburgh. She has an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Iceland and has worked as a freelance translator and proofreader. Her translations (into Icelandic), include works by Zadie Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, and Lemony Snicket.