Jón Kalman Stefánsson (IS)

International Authors' Stage in The Black Diamond

Monday 13 March 2017 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall
© Einar Falur Ingólfsson
© Einar Falur Ingólfsson

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The Icelandic author Jón Kalman Stefánsson has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize no less than four times. In March 2017 he will be paying the International Authors’ Stage a visit to talk about his work. The conversation will be in Danish.

Beautiful. Poetic. Disturbing. These are just three of many words that can be applied to Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s oeuvre. In particular, his use of language has been praised for being gripping, while a considerable portion of the secret life-conditions of the main characters lies smouldering beneath the surface of the words.

Jón Kalman Stefánsson made his debut with the poetry collection Með byssuleyfi á eilífðina (Free to attack eternity) in 1988, which has been followed by a whole series of works, and with precisely a collection of poems as a starting point it is then hardly surprising either that Kalman’s novels are often described as being full of poetry. Especially the novels The Heart of Man (2013) and, his latest, Fish have no Feet (2015). The latter resulted in the author being nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Svend Skriver wrote the following about the novel in his review for Kristeligt Dagblad:

“… no matter if one is a man or a young woman, a middle-aged man or perhaps a grandpa or grandma, there is always something to be had in the wonderful tangle of the narrative. Kalman is able to grab hold of his readers and remind them of what is essential in life. The novel, to put it briefly, is one of the marvellous kind where one simply feels a little bit wiser when one has finished reading.”