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Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl

(c) Erik Brunulf

Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl (1978) is an Icelandic poet and novelist, widely translated. For his novel Illska (Evil, 2012) he was awarded The Icelandic Literary Prize and The Book Merchant’s Prize, as well as being nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award. When it came out in France in 2015 it was shortlisted for the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Prix Meilleur Livre Étranger and received the Transfuge award for best nordic fiction 2015. In 2012 he was poet-in-residence at the Library of Water in Stykkishólmur, in 2013 he was chosen artist of the year in Ísafjörður and in 2014 he was writer-in-residence at Villa Martinson in Sweden, and in 2018 at AIR in Krems, Austria. Since his debut in 2002 he has published six books of poems, most
recently Óratorrek (Oralorium, 2018), six novels, a cook book and two collections of essays. Eiríkur is also intermittently active in sound and performance poetry, visual poetry, poetry film and various conceptual poetry projects. His work, although often humorous, focuses on outsidership, identity, taboo, transgression, contradiction and tension.