Dreamland - A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation powerfully combines personal reflection and investigative exposé in a unique and fascinating look into the conflicted national psyche of contemporary Iceland. With sharp humour and keen insight, Andri Snær Magnason explores and challenges the traditional mindset currently shaping the country's development - suggesting the possibility of an alternative vision and giving voice to a new generation that understands the power of ideas in both resisting and creating sustainable change.
The book has sparked intense debate over whether Europe's biggest area of unspoiled nature should be turned into an industrial park of aluminium smelters and hydro-electric plants.
The area in question is the country of Iceland, where the government's extensive plans to sell state land and exploit inexpensive clean hydro-electric power for the benefit of multinational aluminium interests is a stark local example of today's global realities: Who ultimately owns the rights to the world's natural resources and land? the people? the government? the highest bidder?
Dreamland is a book about ideas. But Dreamland is not about ideology, nor about traditional politics. Dreamland is not a book about CO2 emissions. Dreamland does not tell you not to own a car. Dreamland does not tell you how to behave. But Dreamland - A Self-help Manual for a Frightened Nation, will definitely make you think.