Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, novelist and a poet

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Steinunn Sigurðardóttir (photo by David Ignaszewski Koboy)

Steinunn Sigurðardóttir is one of Iceland’s most highly acclaimed novelists and poets. She began her writing career at age 19, with a book of poetry. Her output to date includes eleven novels, seven volumes of poetry, a book about Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (former president of Iceland), a children’s book, a stage play, TV-plays and radio plays. She is also a translator of poetry and prose.

Steinunn has contributed greatly to the international recognition of contemporary Icelandic literature, and is one of the most frequently translated living Icelandic writers. Her latest novel, Women of Quality (Gæðakonur), features a larger-than-life female hero who works as a volcanologist.  Her other novels include 0091-175x268 Jojo, Sunshine Horse, The Love of the Fish and Place of the Heart, which won The Icelandic Literary Prize. Steinunn’s first novel, The Thief of Time, was made into a French feature film, Voleur de Vie, directed by Yves Angelo and starring Emmanuelle Béart and Sandrine Bonnaire.

Steinunn’s novels vary greatly in form and content, but the central theme is almost always love in its various aspects. Her writing style is clear, literary and sometimes colloquial, and has been described as ‘intoxicating’.

Her book about President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was an all-time bestseller in Iceland. The Thief of Time was repeatedly reprinted in Sweden and France, where it sold tens of thousands of copies.

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