1986
Rói Patursson
1962
2012

1986 Rói Patursson, The Faroe Islands: Líkasum

About the author

Rói Patursson (1947 - ) - The Faroe Islands

Rói Patursson was born and grew up in Tórshavn, lived in Copenhagen between 1970 and 1985 to take his university degree in philosophy. Having worked for a period of time as teacher at the school of writing in Bergen, he returned to the Faroe Islands and became principal of the folk high school in Tórshavn. Rói Patursson has worked as a radio reporter, written songs and published three collections of poems. He was awarded the Literature Prize for the third collection, Líkasum.

About the winning piece

Líkasum

Published by: Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins
Publication year: 1985

Líkasum is a collection of poems written in Faroese. This was the first time the Prize was awarded to a work written in Faroese. The work falls into seven parts with different themes, all pervaded by the traveller’s perspective. In the poem, Heimkoma, the poet endeavours to identify the mysticism of returning. The third part of the collection of poems is a flow of words filled with eroticism and doubt but also of devoted striving for a clearer view. An underlying serious humour leaves a trace in his reflections, and he never departs from provocation as a means of expression. Rói Patursson joins the modernistic tradition in his dense lyrics and the many different approaches which his poetry allows.

This is what the Adjudicating Committee had to say

With lyrical strength and openness, he shows the tense relationships between the Faroese reality and the existential questions of our modern existence.

Excerpt

nocturne 1


hon i vestri setur sólin
kvirt kvøldið vakurt er og
teg set hjá mær her kom
følast myndir myrkar nú tí

eftir longdist tær eg so
altíð fjar vart tú so hví?
kemur kaldi áðrenn vindurin náttar
lurta mínum hjarta eftir sangi

eittans øll er lívið í
sár grøðast nú ongi kunnu
eru rúm syndrað tíð og
okkum halda at lat royna saman

sleipa jørðini á vit stríðast og
meg tú longur kennir ikki
men sæst eystri aftur tá sólin í
sør vit fylgjast hvør til sítt

(s. 27, Menntunargrunnur Studentafelagsins, 1985)

See all nominated in 1986  

Denmark

  • Hanne Marie Svendsen - Guldkuglen: fortaelling om en ø
  • Jess Ørnsbo - Hjertets søle

Finland

  • Olli Jalonen - Hotelli eläville
  • Eeva Kilpi - Elämän evakkona

Iceland

  • Vésteinn Lúðvíksson - Maður og haf
  • Jón úr Vör - Gott er að lifa

Norway

  • Kolbjørn Brekstad - Stank av mennesker
  • Rolf Jacobsen - Nattåpent

Sweden

  • Karl Rune Nordkvist - Slaktarens hus
  • Birgitta Trotzig - Dykungens dotter

Faroe Islands

  • Rói Patursson - Líkasum