Andri Snær and Guðrún Eva Nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Fourteen Nordic novels, short stories, and poetry collections have been nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize. This year, Iceland’s nominees are Andri Snær Magnason for On Time and Water and Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir for Aðferðir til að lifa af.

The winner of the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize will be announced on November 2 in Copenhagen, in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council. The winner will receive the Northern Lights statuette and DKK 300,000 (6,204,000 ISK, $49,300, €40,328).

The Nordic Council Literature Prize was first awarded in 1962. It goes to a literary work written in one of the Nordic languages – poetry, prose, or drama. Eight Icelanders have won the prestigious award before, including Thor Vilhjálmsson, Sjón and most recently in 2018, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir.

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The list of nominees for this year’s literature prize:

Denmark

Penge på lommen. Scandinavian Star. Del 1 by Asta Olivia Nordenhof. Novel, Basi…

Mit smykkeskrin by Ursula Andkjær Olsen. Poetry collection, Gyldendal, 2020.

Finland

Bolla by Pajtim Statovci. Novel, Otava, 2019.

Autofiktiv dikt av Heidi von Wright by Heidi von Wright. Poems, Schildts & Söde…

Faroe Islands

Eg skrivi á vátt pappír by Lív Maria Róadóttir Jæger. Poems, Forlaget Eksil, 20…

Greenland

Naasuliardarpi by Niviaq Korneliussen. Novel, Milik Publishing, 2020.

Iceland

Um tímann og vatnið by Andri Snær Magnason. Novel, Forlagið, 2019.

Aðferðir til að lifa af by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir. Novel, Bjartur, 2019.

Norway

Er mor død by Vigdis Hjorth. Novel, Cappelen Damm, 2020.

Det uferdige huset by Lars Amund Vaage. Novel, Forlaget Oktober, 2020.

The Sami language area

Gáhttára Iđit by Inga Ravna Eira. Poems, Davvi Girji, 2019.

Sweden

Strega by Johanne Lykke Holm. Novel, Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2020.

Renheten by Andrzej Tichý. Short stories, Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2020.

Åland

Broarna by Sebastian Johans. Novel, Nirstedt/litteratur, 2020.

The works have been nominated by the national members of the adjudicating committee for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize.

Fríða Ísberg and Bergsveinn Birgisson Nominated for Nordic Council Literature Prize

The Nordic Council has announced the 13 nominees for its 2020 literature prize. This year’s two Icelandic nominees for the prize are Fríða Ísberg, for her short story collection Kláði (‘Itch’), and Bergsveinn Birgisson, for his novel Lifandilífslækur (‘Vitality Brook’).

“The short story collection Kláði…is a beautiful example of the breath of spring that young writers can bring to literature” the committee wrote in their rationale. “The narrator considers old subjects with new eyes, and the stories are in many ways different from what they were. Renewals and changes are among the most important conditions of life for literature; sometimes they arise when new people take the stage and look at topics in a different light. The narrative method is both realistic and modernist. The value of the work lies first and foremost in a strong emotional approach, which requires the reader to relate to attitudes and values in the present time.”

The committee also commended Bergsveinn for his historical novel, which “…plays out in the borderland between two worlds: the realism and scientism of the 18th century stand opposed to the forces of nature and mysticism. It is hard not to see the work’s reference to modern times, where dangerous dogmatic interests threaten human and emotional intelligence.”

The Nordic Council Literature Prize has been awarded since 1962. It is given to a literary work (poetry, prose, or drama) written in one of the Nordic languages and is meant to “raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and Nordic co-operation on the environment, as well as to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental efforts.” Eight Icelandic authors have previously won the prize: Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (2018), Gyrðir Elíasson (2011), Sjón (2005), Einar Már Guðmundsson (1995), Fríða A. Sigurðardóttir (1992), Thor Vilhjálmsson (1988), Snorri Hjartarson (1981), and Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson (1976).

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on October 27 in Reykjavík in conjunction with a meeting of the Nordic Council. The winner will receive a Northern Lights statuette and DKK 350,000 (ISK 6.49m/€46,856).

Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Kristín Ómarsdóttir Nominated for Nordic Council Literature Prize

Authors Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Kristín Ómarsdóttir have been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize. Kristín Eiriksdóttir was nominated for her novel Elín, ýmislegt (English title, A Fist or a Heart) and Kristín Ómarsdóttir was nominated for her poetry collection Kóngulær í sýningargluggum (‘Spiders in the Display Windows’).

The authors were nominated alongside 11 others from Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Norway, the Sami Language Area, Sweden, and Åland. The winner will be announced on October 29 in Sotckholm and the winner will receive the prize’s Northern Lights statuette and DKK 350,000 [ISK 6.36 million; $53,182; €46,904].

Last year, the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize went to Icelandic author Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir for her novel Ör (English title Hotel Silence). An Icelandic author has won seven times since the prize first started being awarded in 1962.

Read the full list of nominees and the motivations for each nomination, in English, here.