Bergsveinn Birgisson, poet, novelist and medieval Nordic expert

Bergsveinn Birgisson

Bergsveinn Birgisson

Bergsveinn Birgisson was born in 1971. His poetry collections include The Icelander (1992) and The Invasion of the Souls (1997). Bergsveinn’s first novel, Landscape is Never Silly, was published in 2003 and was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize. In 2009, Bergsveinn published a research-based novel called A Manual on the Mentality of Cows.

Bergsveinn’s bestselling novel A Reply to Helga’s Letter was published in 2010 to strong critical reviews. It was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize and the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, and was selected as Booksellers’ Best Novel of the Year. It was published in Germany in 2011, translated by Angela Schamberger. Svar við bréfi Helgu

A play based on A Reply to Helga’s Letter was staged in Reykjavík’s Borgarleikhúsið theatre, directed by Kristín Eysteinsdóttir, and received strong reviews.

Bergsveinn lives in Norway where he teaches medieval Nordic literature at a University. His PhD examined court poetry and its dissemination.

Though Bergsveinn is living in Norway, his writing has always focused on Iceland.

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