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Svava Jakobsdˇttir

Reykjavik Bˇkmenntaborg UNESCO City of Literature

 
 
Svava Jakobsdˇttir Marker - English Side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
1. Svava Jakobsdˇttir Marker - English Side
Inscription. (English side:)

Svava Jakobsdˇttir (1930-2004) was one of the most prominent Icelandic writers of the twentieth century. She wrote short stories, novels, plays and non-fiction and her works are considered some of the most significant in Icelandic literary history.

Her first book, the short story collection, 12 konur (12 Women), was published in 1965, although she had already published a short story much earlier, in 1950. Her stories take an original, incisive approach to depicting the internal and external realities of her characters — particularly women — and often blur the line between fantasy and reality in striking ways.

The texts are pointed, while also subtly humorous—some dance on the edge of absurdity, or even horror. In her works, Svava tackles social issues while also shedding light on our inner lives and creating an enigmatic world that thoroughly captures the reader. Symbolism is prevalent in Svava's work and things are seldom what they seem.

The fact that she recognized her surroundings both amazed and dismayed her. She was convinced she was no longer in Reykjavik, perhaps not even in Iceland, because the wrong bus never travelled the some way as a bus which was on the correct route. The surroundings had been moved and set down somewhere else and the exactness

Svava Jakobsdˇttir Marker - Icelandic Side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
2. Svava Jakobsdˇttir Marker - Icelandic Side
of the relocation did nothing but confirm the evidence; no one showed such precision except to delude.

"A Woman with a Mirror"

Svava was also a literary scholar who researched Icelandic literary heritage and Norse mythology, the latter of which she drew upon in her work. For instance, in her 1987 novel Gunnla­arsaga (Gunnl÷th's Tale; 2011), she looked at the myth of Odin and the mead of poetry in a new and unexpected way, reinterpreting it from a female perspective.

Svava Jakobsdˇttir was a member of parliament (Al■ingi) from 1971-1979. She was also Iceland's representative on the Nordic Council and at the United Nations. She was an avid spokesperson for artists and sat on the boards of the Writers' Union of Iceland and the Society of Icelandic Playwrights.

(Icelandic side:)

Svava Jakobsdˇttir (1930-2004) er einn af fremstu rith÷fundum ═slands ß tuttugustu ÷ld. H˙n skrifa­i smßs÷gur, skßlds÷gur, leikrit og frŠ­irit og verk hennar hafa ÷­last sess me­a1 lykilverka Ý Ýslenskri bˇkmenntas÷gu.

Fyrsta ˙tgefna bˇk Sv÷vu er smßsagnasafni­ 12 konur (1965). Saga eftir hana birtist ■ˇ ß prenti mun fyrr, timaritinu LÝf og list ßri­ 1950. ═ smßs÷gum hennar kva­ vi­ nřjan tˇn ■ar sem innri og ytri veruleika persˇna, ekki sÝst kvenna, er lřst ß hßrbeittan hßtt og oft me­ slßandi samspili fantasÝu og veruleika.

Svava Jakobsdˇttir (from Icelandic side of marker) image. Click for full size.
By Loftur ┴sgeirsson, Reykajvik City Museum, 1976
3. Svava Jakobsdˇttir (from Icelandic side of marker)
S÷gurnar eru beinskeyttar en um lei­ launfyndnar, sumar jafnvel ß m÷rkum fßrßnleika e­a hryllings. ═ verkum sÝnum tekst Svava ß vi­ samfÚlagsleg mßlefni um lei­ og h˙n gefur lesendum innsřn Ý sßlarlÝf s÷gupersˇna og skapar margrŠ­an heim sem grÝpur ■ann sem les, hlř­ir ß e­a horfir f÷stum t÷kum. TßknsŠi er rÝkjandi Ý textum Sv÷vu og ■ar er sjaldnast allt sem sřnist.

s˙ staˇreynd a­ h˙n ■ekkti umhverfiˇ vakti undrun hennar og ˇhug; h˙n sannfŠraist um h˙n var ekki lengur Ý ReykjavÝk, kannski ekki einu sinni ß ═slandi, ■vÝ aˇ vitlaus strŠtisvagn, ■rŠddi aldrei s÷mu slˇ­ og strŠtisvagn sem var ß rÚttri leiˇ. Umhverfiˇ hafˇi veriˇ flutt til og ■vÝ raˇaˇ einhvers staˇar annars staˇar og nßkvŠmnin Ý uppstillingunni gerˇi ekki annaˇ en staˇfesta ■essa vitneskju; svona nßkvŠmni sřndi enginn nema Ý blekkingarskyni.

äKona meˇ spegil"

Go­sagnaarfur ═slendinga var Sv÷vu hugleikinn. ═ skßlds÷gunni Gunnla­arsaga (1987) vann h˙n me­ go­s÷guna um Gunnl÷­u, ˇ­in og skßldskaparmj÷­inn ß nřstßrlegan hßtt og endurt˙lkaai ˙t frß kvenlŠgu sjˇnarhorni. H˙n fÚkkst einnig vi­ frŠ­ilegar rannsˇknir ß bˇkmenntaarfinum.

Svava sat ß al■ingi fyrir Al■ř­ubandalagi­ frß 1971-1979. H˙n lÚt einnig til sÝn taka ß ÷­rum opinberum vettvangi og var m.a. fulltr˙i ═slands Ý Nor­urlandarß­i og ß ■ingum Sameinu­u ■jˇ­anna. H˙n var ÷tull talsma­ur listamanna og ßtti til a­ mynda sŠti

Svava Jakobsdˇttir addressed women at "Women's Day off" in Reykjavik (from Icelandic side of marker) image. Click for full size.
By Ari Kßrason, Reykjavik City Museum, October 24, 1975
4. Svava Jakobsdˇttir addressed women at "Women's Day off" in Reykjavik (from Icelandic side of marker)
This photo was taken from approximately 100 meters to the northeast of the marker location.
Ý stjˇrnum Rith÷fundasambands ═slands og LeikskßldafÚlags ═slands.
 
Erected 2015 by Reykjavikurborg.
 
Location. 64° 8.812′ N, 21° 56.352′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i. Marker is at the intersection of Pˇsth˙sstrŠti and KirkjustrŠti, on the right when traveling south on Pˇsth˙sstrŠti. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reykjavik, Capital Region H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i 101, Iceland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MßlfrÝ­ur Einarsdˇttir (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Hressingarskßlinn (about 90 meters away); Bernh÷ftstorfan / Bernh÷ft's Sward (about 150 meters away); Theodˇra Thoroddsen (about 150 meters away); The Mothers' Garden / MŠ­ragar­urinn (about 150 meters away); The Settlement of ReykjavÝk (about 150 meters away); Gimli (about 150 meters away); BakarÝi­ / Bakery (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the southeast corner of Austurv÷llur Park.
 
Also see . . .  Svava Jakobsdˇttir (Reykjavik Bˇkmenntaborg website). (Submitted on May 29, 2018.)
 
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Svava Jakobsdˇttir Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
5. Svava Jakobsdˇttir Marker - Wide View
The marker can be seen here just to the right of the trees in the center of the picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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