Ófeigur Sigurðsson, avant-garde poet and novelist

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Ófeigur Sigurðsson

Ófeigur Sigurðsson, born in 1975, is a writer and a poet. He is part of an avant-garde of young Icelandic poets who have recreated the medium. Ófeigur has a degree in philosophy from the University of Iceland, and has worked on the radio.

Jon-175x271A prolific poet, Ófeigur has published several collections including Toast to the Midwinter (2001) and Redness (2006). In 2005 his first novel, Áferð, was published and received very positive reviews. His second novel, Jón (2010), is the story of a man writing letters to his pregnant wife from a cave. It was the first Icelandic novel to receive the European Union Prize for Literature. Ófeigur’s latest book, Öræfi, came out in 2014, and received the Icelandic Literary Prize. It was also chosen as the best book among booksellers in 2014.

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