Sjón – Of Foxes, Whales and Muses, October 20 2014

Event Description:

The Department of Icelandic Language & Literature and the Icelandic Collection at the University of Manitoba invite you to the Páll Guðmundsson Memorial Presentation:


“Of Foxes, Whales and Muses”

Sponsored by: Department of Icelandic Language & Literature, the Icelandic Collection at the University of Manitoba and the Icelandic Consulate in Winnipeg.

RSVP by October 17, 2014

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“Born in Reykjavik in 1962, Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic novelist. He won the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize for his novel ‘The Blue Fox’ (the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize) and the novel ‘From The Mouth Of The Whale’ was shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His latest novel ‘Moonstone – The Boy Who Never Was’ was awarded the 2013 Icelandic Literary Prize. Also a poet, librettist and lyricist, he has frequently worked with his country woman Björk, including writing songs for her most recent musical project, Biophilia. Sjón is the president of the Icelandic PEN Centre and former chairman of the board of Reykjavik, UNESCO city of Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages.” from


The Icelandic Studies Room at the University of Manitoba


A very small Icelandic book from 1806



Consul General of Iceland Hjalmar W Hannesson holds up his copy of one of Sjón’s earliest self published poetry books.




Sjón speaks about Dalí, David Bowie and the surrealism of Icelandic Folk tales.



Painting of Reykjavík by Barbara Gislason, 1982


Jon Sigurdsson, 1811-1879



Sjón, Anna Birgirsdottir, Consul General of Iceland Hjalmar W Hannesson



Jón Árnason (born 17 August 1819 in Hof, died 4 September 1888 in Reykjavík) was an Icelandic writer, librarian, and museum director who made the first collection of Icelandic folktales.


Surreal Icelandic Folk Tales



Icelandic Author Sjón



Stylish blazer by Joop!


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