Gyrðir Elíasson wins the 2011 Nordic Literature Prize

Icelandic author Gyrðir Elíasson won this year’s Nordic Literature Prize for his short story collection Milli trjánna. The selection committee remarked that Gyrðir won “for stylistically outstanding literary art which depicts inner and outer threats in dialogue with world literature.”

According to this article on norden.org Gyrðir “made his debut in 1983. Throughout his literary career he has published a great number of works of short prose, lyric poetry and five novels.” The website literature.is (a comprehensive site dedicated to Icelandic authors and literature, maintained by the Reykjavík City Library) has a nice biography for the author, as well as a selection of English (Danish, German, and Norwegian) translations of some of his poetry and short stories. Perhaps we’ll see an English version of Milli trjánna soon, too!

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