September 20 2016
Guðmundur Andri Thorsson
Guðmundur Andri Thorsson (b. 1957, Reykjavík) is a highly regarded face on the literary scene in Iceland, known for both his books and his weekly column in Iceland’s widest-circulation newspaper Fréttablaðið. He holds a degree in Icelandic and comparative literature from the University of Iceland (1983) and has worked for many years as an editor with Iceland’s two leading publishers, Mál og Menning and Forlagið.
Guðmundur Andri's first novel, Mín káta angist (My wonderful Angst), was published in 1988 and has been followed by seven more novels and books of essays and short stories. Several of his novels have been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize, including his latest, Sæmd (Dignity, 2013). In 1991 he was awarded the DV Cultural Prize for Literature for the novel Íslenski draumurinn (The Icelandic Dream). In 2013 his Cycle of short stories, Valeyrarvalsinn (The Valeyri Waltz), was nominated for the Nordic Literature Prize and has since been published in Germany, France and Denmark.