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Icelander wins 2011 Nordic Council Literature Prize. The Nordic Council has awarded this year’s literature prize to Icelandic author Gyrðir Elíasson for his “Milli trjánna” (Among the Trees) collection of short stories. In a statement, the council says 50-year-old Mr Elíasson won the prize “for stylistically outstanding literary art which depicts inner and outer threats in dialogue with world literature.” “I was very surprised and I don’t quite know what to say. I was sure [Norwegian author] Beate Grimsrud would win,” the prizewinner told NRK earlier today.

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Icelander wins 2011 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Published on Tuesday, 12th April, 2011 at 21:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Nordic Council has awarded this year’s literature prize to Icelandic author Gyrðir Elíasson for his “Milli trjánna” (Among the Trees) collection of short stories.

Gyrdir Eliasson
Gyrdir Eliasson
Photo: Kristján Kristjánsson/Nordic Council


In a statement, the council says 50-year-old Mr Elíasson won the prize “for stylistically outstanding literary art which depicts inner and outer threats in dialogue with world literature.”

“I was very surprised and I don’t quite know what to say. I was sure [Norwegian author] Beate Grimsrud would win,” the prizewinner told NRK earlier today.

The Icelander has also won several Icelandic literary prizes for his work, including novelist Halldor Laxnes’, himself a Nobel Prize in Literature winner in 1955, and ‘The Icelandic Literary Award’ in 2001 for his novel, “The Yellow House”.

Poet and novelist Gyrðir Elíasson was born in northern Iceland and made his debut in 1983. He has published many works of short prose, lyric prose, as well as five novels.

He will receive his prize of 350,000 Danish kroner on 2nd November during the Nordic Council’s session in Copenhagen.

13 authors were on this year’s nominations list.



Published on Tuesday, 12th April, 2011 at 21:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: gyrdireliasson, nordiccouncilliteratureprize, beategrimsrud.





  
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