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Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation (2006)

by Andri Snaer Magnason

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If Dreamland: a self help manual to a frightened nation was an equivalent best seller in America, 20 million people would own a copy. Now translated into English, respected Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason offers a unique perspective on the environmental problems that two musical superstars have dedicated a whole concert to addressing - that of the dramatic increase in aluminium smelting destroying pristine Icelandic nature.

The book was a runaway hit in Iceland and has inspired a renaissance of environmental conciousness, specifically against the industrial metal processing plants that are ruining vast chunks of Europe's largest unspoilt wilderness.
  impok | Jul 15, 2008 |
Andri Snær er líklegast minn uppáhalds íslenski rithöfundur. Hann hefur einfaldan stíl sem ber þess merki að hann hefur góð tök á tungumálinu án þess að hann sé eitthvað að monta sig. Það sem sker hann frá öllum öðrum höfundum landsins er hugmyndaflugið. Hann er frumlegur og nýþenkjandi. Það er skömm að því hvað hann hefur skrifað lítið, því hann á enn eftir að gefa frá sér pottþétta skáldsögu, eitthvað sem mun koma honum á kortið á heimsvísu. Lovestar var ágæt en hún var ekki pottþétt.

Mig hafði lengi langað að lesa Draumalandið og ég varð alls ekki fyrir vonbrigðum. Þetta er brautryðjendaverk í íslenskum menningarheimi. Þetta er bók sem mun eflaust hafa mikil áhrif á næstu kynslóðir, alla vega þann litla hluta sem les bækur, en það þykir ekki vera svalt lengur. Ég hef aldrei lesið neinn höfund sem hefur lýst tíðarandanum jafn vel og krufið ástandið í landinu á jafn hugmyndaríkan og frumlegan máta. Ég gæti trúað því að Bréf til Láru sé álíka upplifun, þótt hún sé fjær mér í tíma og menningu.

Flott bók fyrir alla, sérstaklega þá sem eru hlynntir stóriðju. ( )
  arazone | Jan 7, 2008 |
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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.
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