"The novels are my real project. My mind is always there. I still write poetry once in a while, and the collaborations and commissions always bring something with them, but the novels are my bedrock. And Iceland is their bedrock. I think all good literature comes from small places, small parts of society, because that’s where the roles become visible, the social mechanism clear. There’s a limited readership in Iceland, which is why it’s been important to be translated and read abroad, because even though I’m writing about events in Icelandic history, I think I’m writing a bigger story."