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Sjón (Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson) was born in Reykjavik in 1962. He is one of the founders of Medúsa, a group of neosurrealists that had a significant influence on the artistic life of Reykjavik. He has published seven novels and nine poetry collections, and has also distinguished himself as a playwright, librettist, and author of children's books. His works have been translated into thirty-five languages.
For his fifth novel, The Blue Fox, he won the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 2005, the highest recognition given to writers from the Nordic countries, and the book has been published in 33 countries. His novels, The Whispering Muse (2005) and From the Mouth of the Whale (2008), have also achieved great international success and critical acclaim. His novel Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was (2013) won all the major literary awards in Iceland and has been translated into 19 languages.
Sjón is an active participant in the Icelandic visual and music scene. He has written lyrics for many songs by Icelandic singer Björk, and he was nominated for an Oscar for the lyrics of the song from the film "Dancer in the Dark" by Lars von Trier.
He co-wrote the screenplay for the film Lamb (2021), for which he received the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2022, becoming the only recipient of this important award in two categories, literary and film. He is one of the screenwriters for the successful epic thriller The Northman (2022).
In 2023, Sjón received a significant recognition for his work and overall contribution to literature from the Swedish Academy, the Nordic Prize in Literature. This award is also known as the "little Nobel."