His new novel is From the Mouth of the Whale, which A.S. Byatt praised as the work of an "extraordinary and original writer."
Sjón named his top ten island stories for the Guardian.
One title on the list:
The Island Of Dr Moreau by HG WellsRead about another novel on the list.
The remote island is – of course – a perfect refuge for the crazed scientist. On the tiny Nobel Island, Dr Moreau conducted his mad experiment of turning animals into humanoid and civilised beings. He was doomed to fail as the feral instinct couldn't be bred out of his "patients". It is a story the inhabitants of poor little Iceland know all too well, albeit in reverse. In the 90s, the country's all-seeing prime minister and his trusted humpbacks decided to turn Icelanders into immoral beasts/NeoCons. Despite the crash bringing the laboratory down for a while it remains to be seen if common decency was bred out of the nation or not.
Also see Romesh Gunesekera's top ten island books.