999 Abroad is an illustrated collection of short stories by the Icelandic fiction writer Börkur Sigurbjörnsson. The short stories are based on real events in the author’s life as an Icelander living abroad. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy. Börkur is an avid storyteller whose narratives are packed with funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. The title of the book comes from Registers Iceland and refers to the values used for postal-code and town in the registration of Icelandic citizens living abroad. The collection of short stories is illustrated by Yana Volkovich.
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The short stories are also available to read for free online.
- Of elves and kings
- The storm
- What is the traffic like in Finland?
- Rain in Kraków
- What do fish eat?
- The neighbors
- The darkness
- The young man with the bicycle
- The people in the square
“I enjoyed the lyrical quality of the writing, the wry sense of humour and the sweetness of each story.” — Rachael Rippon
“…the stories are an easy read, funny at times. A nice way to spend an afternoon reading. I liked the description of the surroundings and the people.” — Laszlo Kugler
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