Filter by

Any questions?

contact@bs2bo.com

This week hand-picked selection

Browse by Theme

+ More themes

How it
works?

  • Stay connected all year to the literary world
     
  • Receive every week our selection of adaptable titles that will be published
     
  • Ask complete reading reports and manuscripts
     
  • Be introduced by BS2BO to audiovisual rights holder
     
  • Find your next story in the database of more than 8,000 titles
     

See Membership & Pricing

Available languages:

PIGHEAD (working title)

Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir (Bergthora Snaebjornsdottir)

  • Original Title: SVINSHÖFUÐ
  • Publication date: December 2019
  • Publisher: BENEDIKT
  • Country: IS
  • 236 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Iceland
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Childhood, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Death, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Exclusion, Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Integration, CHARACTERS, Minorities, Disabled person

Pitch

A novel about loneliness, emptiness and tangled relationships, embarrassing bodies, misguided desperate measures and an existence which feels like an open wound. The focus is on three different people who are or feel like outsiders in many ways. Towards the end, their connection becomes clear.

Comments

Radio show Víðsjá’s book critic says Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir’s debut novel does not feel like a debut at all. SVINSHÖFUÐ is a complex and harrowing tale where Bergþóra emerges as a fully-fledged novelist.

SVINSHÖFUÐ is Icelandic author Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir’s first novel, but Bergþóra drew considerable attention for her poetry book, FLORIDA which was published in 2017 and nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize. Previously, she had written the poetry book DALOON DAGAR (2011) and text collection DAGAR UNDRABARNSINS ERU A ENDA (2013).

Although very different in form and style, SVINSHÖFUÐ evokes a certain association to Kristín Eiríksdóttir’s novel, HVITFELD, in that both stories revolve around a family tragedy which is passed on to younger generations, and how destructive repressed grief and unhappiness can be and cause untold harm.

Summary

This is a novel about loneliness, emptiness and tangled relationships, embarrassing bodies, misguided desperate measures and an existence which feels like an open wound. The focus is on three different people who are or feel like outsiders in many ways. Towards the end, their connection becomes clear.

The first part drifts between Svínshöfuð’s childhood and adulthood. He is a man with a large head and twisted foot who is always at odds with his surroundings. After the death of the mother which Svínshöfuð had always lived with, he arranges for a different kind of cohabitation with a Chinese woman who brings with her a boy. Some unspecified but drastic “event” regarding this boy is implied but not explained until the end of the book.

The second part revolves around Helena, a young woman who helplessly tries to endure life, including the overwhelming existence of her children. She strives to keep the surface immaculate, both in her home and herself, which for example manifests in various attempts to control her body. In the third part, the focus is on the boy who connects everything. He grew up with his grandparents until his estranged mother brought him from China to a small town in Iceland. He tries to escape his hostile environment through his studies and when he enrols in a course to prepare for an entrance examination in medicine, he stays with Helena, Svínshöfuð’s cousin who sometimes babysat the boy when he was young. However, all plans of gaining control of his life break down and the boy’s confused ideas of how he can become a hero have grave consequences for himself as well as others. As a result, he suffers even more repudiation than before.


Report available

go further

  • Author’s biography

    Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir (born 1985) is an Icelandic writer and performance artist. She lives and works in Reykjavik. She published collections of poetry, and wrote a short film, Munda. She was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize in the fiction category for FLORIDA in 2017. SVINSHÖFUÐ (Pighead) is her debut novel.