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Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson


Flash 52

Flash 52 is an illustrated collection of flash-fiction stories by the Icelandic fiction writer Börkur Sigurbjörnsson. The stories relate a brief moment in the daily life, often revealing curious characters or intriguing situations.

The book is the outcome of a year-long writing project where the author published an illustrated flash-fiction piece every week throughout the year of 2017. Each story was illustrated by the author and posted online in English, Icelandic and Spanish.

“It was an intense and, at times, stressful year with the pressure to producing a story every week, together with a two translations and an illustration. All that on top of my full-time job. There were weeks of calm where I had a list of stories lined up for the following month or two, but there were also a couple weekends where I would be frantically trying to think of a story just-in-time for the following week. The project took me out of my comfort zone, but was a great experience.”

Paperbacks and e-books

Flash 52 — Cover by Ana Piñeyro
Cover by Ana Piñeyro

Flash 52 is available as paperback from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

E-books for the Kindle reader can be purchased from the Kindle Store, and e-book versions for other e-readers, tablets and smartphones are available from Apple Books, Kobo, and Storytel.

More information about the flash fiction collection can be found on Goodreads.

Online at Urban Volcano

The flash fiction stories are available to read for free online.

Good Morning // Jasmine // Point Of View // Blindness // Nail-bite // Get a Life! // Freedom // Walking Against The Flow // Energy Transfer // Purpose of Fiction // Köningsegg // Waves // 20F // Nodding Heads // The Letter // Out Of Touch With Virtual Reality // Protest // Insomnia // The Time Machine // Blood Revenge // The Secret Book // What do I Think About When I Think About Life? // To Sit On One’s Inner Child // Sharks // The outer edge of the solar system // Comfortable Silence // Kathmandu and Kaiserslautern // Death of a Bullfighter // The Doodle // How are you? // Downpour // Seeking Monarch // Chill // The Novel // Chasing a Dream // The Sign // Museum of Peace // Payback // Playtime // Senses // The Norbert Peterson Tower // Something Is Not Right // Friendly Fire // Superhuman // The Body That Cried // Train Story // The Rocks // The Barber // The Dog Whisperer // The Street Cleaner // The Autobiography // Forward Thinking


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Börkur is an avid storyteller with a keen eye for quirky characters, funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. Much of his writing falls within the genre of realistic fiction and his stories are more often than not based on real events in the author’s life. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy.