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(Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson)
Iceland (b.1962)

Sjón (Sigurjón B. Sigurðsson) was born in Reykjavik on the 27th of August, 1962. He started his writing career early, publishing his first book of poetry, Sýnir (Visions), in 1978. Sjón was a founding member of the surrealist group, Medúsa, and soon became significant in Reykjavik's cultural landscape.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Anthologies edited
The Dark-Blue Winter Overcoat (2017) (with Ted Hodgkinson)
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : From the Mouth of the Whale

Sjón recommends
The Birdwoman's Palate (2018)
Laksmi Pamuntjak
"When history and climate change threatens to overpower us we need books like Lakhsmi Pamuntjak’s The Birdwoman’s Palate to remind us that it is through love, culture, and sharing the good things nature has to offer we will find solace and the solutions for moving forward. It is a well-told tale that brings us closer, over time and space, in the hour of need."
The Dead (2018)
Christian Kracht
"The Dead is a story of love and sadness in times when the weak were broken by the unforgiving ideologies of fascism and National Socialism . . . I read The Dead twice in a row, first for the story and then for the beauty of the prose."

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