Since her first publication in 1965, Svava has become one of Iceland's leading contemporary writers. In her stories plays and novels she has, with wit , humor and discerning eye, analysed and commented on the emerge of a modern, materialist Icelandic society which has grown so rapidly in the later half of the twentieth century. She is especially renowned for employing an imaginative prose style, blending detailed descriptions of peoples deepest thoughts, emotions and actions with an occasionally startling and exhilarating magical realism. With her inventive and stimulating discourse she critically and incisively explores the obsessions of this newly-independent, constantly expanding nation: consumerism, status symbols, political and social conformity, the role of women in an age of economic and individual freedom, and, not least, the meaning of language and identity, whether of an Icelander in Iceland, or of an immigrant in a new country. Svava Jakobsdottir's prose fiction is one of modern Icelands greatest literary achievements.