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  • The Mark

Faber & Faber

The Mark

by Frida Isberg.

Translated from Icelandic by Larissa Kyzer.

  • £16.99
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  • Hardback published on 06/05/2024
  • Page count: 304 pages
  • ISBN: 9780571376742
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Quick take

Station Eleven and Leave the World Behind by way of The Memory Police, a debut novel of urgent big ideas imbued with pacy plotting and atmospheric power, by an exciting Icelandic literary talent.


The Icelandic Psychological Association has prepared a test. They call it a sensitivity assessment: a way of measuring a person’s empathy and identifying the potential for anti-social behaviour.

In a few days’ time, Iceland will vote on whether to make the test compulsory for every citizen. The nation is bitterly divided. Some believe the test makes society safer; others decry it as a violation.

As the referendum draws closer, four people – Vetur, Eyja, Tristan and Ólafur – find themselves caught in the teeth of the debate. Each of them will have to reckon with uncomfortable questions: Where do the rights of society end and the rights of the individual begin? When does utopia become dystopia?

No matter which side wins, they will all have to find a way to live with the result.

About the author

Friðgeir Einarsson is an Icelandic writer and theatre-artist. His published work includes two collections of short stories, Takk fyrir að láta mig vita (Thank you for letting me know, 2016) and Ég hef séð svona áður (I’ve Seen This Before, 2018), and the novel Formaður húsfélagsins (Chairman of the Homeowner’s Association, 2017). His play Club Romantica was awarded the Icelandic Theatre Awards in 2019 for Best Play. 

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