She held in her hands a programme for the play The Master and Margarita, which she had seen the night before. She read Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel, on which the play was based, when she was young, and it remains one of her favourite books. ‘The book is very popular with Icelanders,’ she said. ‘It has a very Nordic feeling to it, even though it is Russian. It ridicules bureaucracy, it has black magic and Arctic magic realism. You could say it is Alice in Wonderland for the Arctic grown-up.’
From Alex Ross’ Listen to This.