Sjón (Sigurjón B. Sigurðsson) was born in Reykjavik on the 27th of August, 1962. He started his writing career early, publishing his first book of poetry, Sýnir (Visions), in 1978. Sjón was a founding member of the surrealist group, Medúsa, and soon became significant in Reykjavik´s cultural landscape.
He has published many poetry collections, a number of novels, plays for theatre and material for children. In addition to his writing career, Sjón has participated in art exhibitions and musical events of all kinds. He has collaborated with many other artists as well, most notably Björk, with whom he has composed music, conceived music videos, and written texts for songs, including those for the movie Dancer In The Dark (2000), directed by Lars Von Trier. Sjón was an original founder of the Children´s Art Workshop at the Gerðuberg Cultural Centre and has worked extensively with children in creative writing. He also helped established the publishing house Smekkleysa (Bad Taste).
His novels and poetry are translated in many languages.
Sjón has lived and worked in London. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Reykjavik.
(Foto: Hordur Sveinsson)
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Das Gleissen der Nacht Sjón,
Der isländische Autor Sjón entführt seine Leser in „Das Gleissen der Nacht“ in eine märchenhafte und zugleich vernunftmässig geordnete Welt. Mit Anlehnungen an den Gelehrten Jon ...
In January 1883, a girl dies in a village in Iceland. Three days later the local vicar disappears without trace while hunting a black she-fox. The Icelandic author (born 1962), Sjón alias ...
Im Januar 1883 stirbt in einem isländischen Dorf ein Mädchen, drei Tage später verlieren sich die Spuren des örtlichen Pfarrers auf der Jagd nach einer schwarzen Füchsin. Um diese beiden Pole ...