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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184319
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,318,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ragna Sigurdardottir is a native of Reykjavik, Iceland, and the author of five novels. She studied French and fine arts in Aix-en-Provence before attending the Icelandic School for Arts and Crafts. After earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands, she worked as an artist and writer in Rotterdam and later in Denmark. She eventually returned home to Iceland, where she spent a decade working as an art critic for Icelandic newspapers. Currently she studies art theory at the University of Iceland and is writing her sixth novel. She lives with her husband and their two daughters on the outskirts of Reykjavik, just down the street from the North Atlantic Ocean.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. M. Mcdonald on 5 Sept. 2014
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This is an unusual book. I was initially slightly unsettled by the use of the present tense throughout the narrative. The characters become more interesting over time. Something about the structure of the story helped to give it a slightly exotic and unusual character which I appreciated. The plot is intriguing and I found the digital experience enhanced my experience as I could look up some of the old artists and works of art featured while I was reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 19 Feb. 2015
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Having read some very interesting Icelandic novels I was looking forward to reading this new to me author. How disappointing this turned out to be. I didn't think a novel about the art world in Iceland could be so boring but unfortunately this proved to be the case.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2012
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"The Perfect Landscape" comes to us from the faraway, unfamiliar - to most of us-- shores of Iceland. It is the fifth novel produced by Ragna Sigurdardottir, a native of Reykjavik, Iceland, where it is set, and, at 210 pages, is really just novella length. It has been translated by Sarah Bowen. It's set in Iceland's art world, and is a mystery, of sorts, though not a murder mystery: rather it deals with the subject of art forgery.

Hanna, a native of Iceland, though not of its capital city Reykjavik, has just joyfully returned from a long stint of work and study abroad: she's an art historian/theorist: she has gotten herself a job at a small local museum. Of course, she misses her Italian husband Federico and Heba, her daughter by him. But, coincidentally with her return, a wealthy patron of the museum donates to it a valuable landscape painting, done by one of the country's most popular artists. So Hanna begins her new job on a high: she and the rest of the museum's staff believe that the acquisition will elevate its profile. However, when the museum's knowledgeable conservator suggests the painting might be a fraud, Hanna realizes her reputation is as much on the line over the painting as is the museum's.

Sigurdardottir studied French and fine arts in Aix-en-Provence, France, before attending the Icelandic School for Arts and Crafts. After she earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands, she worked as an artist and writer in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Denmark. She eventually returned home, where she spent a decade working as an art critic for Icelandic newspapers. She now is studying art theory at the University of Iceland and writing her sixth novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SES on 20 Sept. 2014
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Although this book captured the spirit of Iceland - its land and people - I found the narrative a bit slow and laboured. Perhaps it lost some of its excitement in translation. I had expected a more vibrant novel.
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By Jess R on 30 May 2015
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I thought it would be interesting to read a book set in Iceland having visited it once. You don't get much sense of the place, however. I found the writing a bit clunky but don't know whether this was down to the translation. There were a couple of points where the characters did unbelievable things that didn't really enhance the plot. I wanted to like this book but ended up feeling luke warm about it. Will not be recommending it to others.
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By Sheila Phillips on 15 Feb. 2015
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Not a subject I would normally be drawn to but a very enjoyable read. I found the look at the corruption in the art world interesting and the references to how this glossed over no surprise. I would recommend the book for it's style and content.
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By Kevan S on 23 Sept. 2014
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i could not stop reading this novel,just loved the observation.
subject matter,geographical differences, build up and post finale what ifs are great
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