Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in 1972. She completed an MA in political philosophy at the University of Iceland in 2000, and completed her PhD at the Sorbonne, researching the political importance of the archive.
Oddný Eir has worked as a researcher, editor, teacher, writer and curator, with extensive involvement with museums and galleries. She has worked closely with her mother, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, who is an artist, and runs a small publishing company called Apaflasa with her mother and brother, Uggi Ævarsson. Oddný Eir has also worked with Björk, on nature preservation projects and the Biophilia project.
Her book of poetry, Snjór piss hár, was published by Apaflasa in 2000. This same year, she wrote a movie script with Krisín Ómarsdóttir about the Icelandic artist Muggur.
In 2004 her first novel, Splitting the Hump, was published, an experimental blending of autobiography and fiction. Her next two novels, Home to my Heart (2009) and Plan of Ruins (2011) were also written in this form. These books received strong reviews and Plan of Ruins received the Women’s Literature Award and Europe’s Literature Prize in 2014. Plan of Ruins will be translated into English in 2016.
Oddný Eir continued her experimental autobiography form with Ástarmeistarinn: blindskák (2014), and her 2015 autobiography Blátt blóð: í leit að kátu sæði details her experience with infertility and the desire to have a baby. Her latest book, Fæðingarborgin, was published in May 2015. Written in collaboration with her father Ævar Kjartansson, this book includes letters between sons and mothers, fathers and daughters.
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