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Gyrðir Elíasson has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2011

The Icelandic author Gyrðir Elíasson has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2011 for his short story collection Milli trjánna.

Apr 12, 2011
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Kristján Kristjánsson

This is what the Adjudicating Committee had to say:

"The Icelandic author Gyrðir Elíasson has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2011 for his short story collection Milli trjánna for stylistically outstanding literary art which depicts inner and outer threats in dialogue with world literature.”

Gyrðir Elíasson (1961) made his debut in 1983. Throughout his literary career he has published a great number of works of short prose, lyric poetry and five novels.

This year there were 13 different authors from the Nordic countries and the autonomous territories on the list of nominees for the prize.

The Nordic Council Literature Prize, worth DKK 350,000, will be awarded to Gyrðir Elíasson on 2 November 2011 during the Nordic Council Session in Copenhagen.

The Nordic Council Literature Prize celebrates its 50th anniversary and the Nordic Council is celebrating with a large number of activities. Read more about the prize, the 50th anniversary and all the authors on www.norden.org/literature-prize.

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Further information:

Eva Ström,
Chair of the Adjudication Committee,
+46 8 78 65 043

Media contact:

Jesper Schou-Knudsen,
Senior Adviser in the Nordic Council
+45 21 71 71 35
jsk@norden.org

Silje Bergum Kinsten,
Senior Adviser in the Nordic Council

+45 21 71 71 56
siki@norden.org