Þórarinn Eldjárn

Þórarinn Eldjárn was born in Reykjavík on August 22 1949. He studied literature and philosophy at the University of Lund in Sweden between 1969 and 1972, Icelandic at the University of Iceland 1972-1973, and completed a phil.cand. degree in literature at the University of Lund in 1975. Þórarinn lived in Stockholm from 1975 to 1979 and spent a year in Canterbury in 1988-1989.

Since 1975 Þórarinn has worked as a writer and translator. He has published a number of poetry collections, short-story collections and novels as well a translating fiction for adults and children from English and the Scandinavian languages. Among them are novels by Göran Tunström, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Together with his sister, the artist Sigrún Eldjárn, Þórarinn has published a number of poetry books for children, and many of them have received various awards. Þórarinn's fiction has been translated to other languages, his novel Brotahöfuð (The Blue Tower) has appeared in several languages, including English and French and was nominated to the IMPAC Dublin award in 2001.

Þórarinn Eldjárn lives in Reykjavík.


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