Rokland (Stormland) tells the story of the lone rebel; the angry blogger Böddi who lives in Krókur, a small town in the North of Iceland, and hates modern society in its entirety. Böddi is a man of letters in a world of materialism gone nuts. On his weblog (rokland.blogspot.com) he criticizes everything from the local bum to the Prime Minister, thus creating enemies by the minute. Before long he has become an outlaw in is own hometown.
Rokland is the story of a man who loses everything. Böddi loses his job, his love as well as his mother. Finally he snaps and goes riding down south, to Reykjavik, with a gun in his pocket. He’s going to kill the Prime Minister and make his revolution…
Rokland was written in Reykjavik between October of 2004 and October of 2005. It was Hallgrimur’s “come-back” on the Icelandic book market. The critics loved it and sales were strong. It was shortlisted for the Icelandic Literature Prize of 2006. In July of the same year Rokland was published in Germany, in September the film rights were sold to Icelandic based company Pegasus and in December the novel was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize of 2007.
Iceland , Germany , Denmark
Rokland Media review
Rokland first two chapters
NEUE ZÜRICHER ZEITUNG
„Í Roklandi kraumar frásagnargleði og húmor. Eldfjörugur söguþráðurinn er kryddaður með fjölmörgum frábærum persónulýsingum, drepfyndnum og eðlilegum samtölum og neyðarlegum uppákomum ... jafnmagnaðar lýsingar á brjálsemi hafa ekki sést síðan í Englum alheimsins.“
Steinunn Inga Óttarsdóttir, Mbl.
„Rokland er að minni hyggju sterkasta bók hans ...skrifuð af smitandi krafti og mælsku, hún er full af óborganlegum senum og þó sorglegum, hún tekur á mannlífinu og tekst á við það og höfundinum tekst vel upp og útkoman er ótrúlegur texti.“
Halldór Guðmundsson, Fbl.
„ Hallgrímur Helgason er nístandi fyndinn og nastí við nútímalífið okkar í nýrri skáldsögu sem er meistaralega vel sögð ... þessi saga á brýnt erindi við stóran hóp lesenda. *****“
Páll Baldvin Baldvinsson, DV
„Rokland er mikil skáldsaga.“
Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson, Kastljós
„Stórskemmtileg... Hallgrímur fer á kostum í lestri sínum yfir samtíðinni.“
Egill Helgason, Silfur Egils