Author, Ethnologist, Journalist
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir is an Icelandic writer with background in journalism and ethnology/folkloristics. Her tenth and latest book, Under Yggdrasil (2020), is a gripping novel inspired by the Icelandic Sagas, set in the early Viking Age, as was her acclaimed trilogy of novels on Aud the Deep-Minded, the first of which was nominated for the Icelandic Prize for Literature. Vilborg’s historical novels have been tremendously popular over the last decades, especially as they throw a new and unexpected light on the lives of women in the Viking Age.
Her memoir, Ástin, drekinn og dauðinn (On Love, Dragons and Dying) was published in 2015. Here, she tells the story of her husband’s journey with brain cancer and her first year as a widow, following his death in 2013. During that time, her mother-in-law and her father also passed away. This unique memoir has been highly acclaimed, especially for dealing with the death of a loved one and grief in a moving yet realistic way, as well as encouraging the reader to live mindfully, whatever happens, and accept death as a natural part of life.
Interview with Vilborg from Irish National Radio on how her work is inspired by the Icelandic sagas: http://mothersbloodsistersongs.com/vilborg-davidsdottir/
For information about translated works, see http://www.davidsdottir.is/english.html