Icelandic author Gyrðir Elíasson was today named as the winner of the 2011 Nordic Council Literature Prize. Gyrðir is the seventh author from Iceland to be awarded the price. Elíasson is awarded the prize for his book Milli trjánna, a collection of short stories published in 2009 by Uppheimar Publishing. This was announced in Oslo earlier today.
The Adjudicating Committee has said the book is a “stylistically outstanding literary art which depicts inner and outer threats in dialogue with world literature.”
Elíasson, who was born in Iceland in 1961, made his debut with the poetry collection Svarthvít axlabönd in 1983. His first novel, Gangandi íkorni, was published in 1987 and is still his most recognized work. He has published five novels and a great number of works of short prose and lyric poetry.
Other Icelandic authors who have received the Nordic Council Literature Prize are Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson in 1976, Snorri Hjartarson in 1981, Thor Vilhjálmsson in 1988, Fríða Á. Sigurðardóttir in 1992, Einar Már Guðmundsson in 1995 and Sjón 2005.
Photo: Kristján Kristjánsson/Uppheimar