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ON TIME AND WATER

Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer, born in Reykjavik on the 14th of July 1973. 

On Time and Water, is the most recent work by the internationally lauded Icelandic author, Andri Snær Magnason, which uses storytelling, poetry, and the simplicity of “time” and “water” to bring the climate crisis to a human scale. “Time and Water,” will be released in August 2020 in the UK, and September 2020 in the USA.

Andri has collaborated with various artists in the fields of activism, architecture and theatre and has been active in the fight against the destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. His book – Dreamland – a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation takes on these issues. Dreamland has been published in English, Danish, German, Spanish and Japanese and has become a feature-length documentary film. 

His children’s book, The Story of the Blue Planet, was the first children’s book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize and has been published or performed in 30 countries. 

 

Read the first chapters

“On Time and Water,” will be released in August 2020 in the UK, and September 2020 in the USA. Andri Snær has kindly made the first chapters available to us. Please sign up and receive a link to download these chapters.

Letter to the future, words by Andri

Andri Snær Magnason at the Ok memorial

About the book

During the next 100 years we expect to see a fundamental change of all the elements of water on our planet. Many glaciers will melt and the sea levels will rise at a faster rate than has been seen before. Acidification will bring the oceans to a pH level not seen in 30 million years. Patterns of rain and snow will change dramatically in most areas. We could say that nature is not changing in geological speed anymore but entering human speed. This extreme shift is larger than any metaphor or any words or language we are used to. Just like the huge gravity of a black hole makes it invisible, you could say that this issue is so large that it swallows all words and meaning.

We hear words like “climate change” but for most people they are just white noise, 99% of the real meaning is not included in our imagination. To describe a black hole you look at the surrounding galaxies and to understand these issues Andri weaves a web of stories from mythology, to his grandmother’s honeymoon on Europe’s largest glacier, to our understanding of our intimate time.

Interview from the 66°North conference in March 2019.

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