Andri Snær Magnason

Online talk with Q&A
Sat 16 January 2021
19:30 CET (Brussels time)

On Time and Water: In Search of a Mythology from the Present

Andri Snær Magnason master storyteller and environmental activist, is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Andri Snaer Magnason is likely correct in advancing the hypothesis that we, as human beings, simply lack an intellectual and affective predisposition to facilitate a grasp of the enormous change that is befalling us. Bureaucratese doesn't mobilise and neither do the logarithmic scales that underpin the scientific messaging on climate-related shifts. A 0.1 unit change in acidity of our oceans seems innocuous but hides a massive impact on marine biota. So we need new language, imagery and narratives to pierce through the numbing abstraction of the long-term, the non-linear and the colossal.

In Time and Water Magnason attempts to shake us from our mass apathy through a form of storytelling that weaves together five elements: brute facts, reverence for the abundance that is still left, transgenerational affective relations, cross-cultural myths, and spiritual leadership.
On Time and Water
by Andri Snær Magnason
Profile Books Ltd, 225p, 2020