Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes
for some reason Russia has always left me thinking long and dull.
Please elevate Master and Margarita
by Bulgakov (recommended by Yolina) to the top of your list to change this impression completely!
Another Icelander to read is Sjòn, three of whose novels have been translated into English: The Blue Fox
is a good place to start.
And, as cromag said, Borges is another you might enjoy.