Óttar Martin Norðfjörð was born in Reykjavík on January 29, 1980. He studied philosophy at The University of Iceland, finishing his undergraduate studies in 2003 and his M.A. in 2005. In 2004 he was a philosophy student at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Óttar studied Spanish at Universidad de Sevilla in Spain in 2006 and has also read German in Heidelberg and French in Nice, as well as a little bit of Arabic in Iceland. He studied drawing at The Reykjavík School of Visual Art from 1998-1999.
Óttar has mostly worked in the field of writing. He worked for DV newspaper in 2006, editing its culture paper, writing literary reviews and translated a series of articles by Paulo Coelho. He has also been a pizza baker, worked in a book store, and been an assistant teacher at The University of Iceland as well as assisting one of the philosophy professors there from 2003-2006. He has written about philosophy for journals and websites and exhibited his art as well as designing t-shirts under the trade mark "Alive". From 2004 Óttar has mostly worked at his own writing.
Óttar's first published work is the poetry book Í Reykjavík
(In Reykjavík) which he published himself in 2002. Since then, he has written more books of poetry, some with his own illustrations and clip-art, published his poetry in magazines, collections and on the internet, a comic book and novels. Among his novels are Hnífur Abrahams
(Abraham's Knife) and Kosningar
(Elections), both from 2007 . The former is a historical crime novel and the latter, published under a pseudonym, the first volume in a series called Íslendingar
(Icelanders). Óttar published another historical crime novel in 2008, Sólkross
Óttar Martin Norðfjörð lives in Barcelona in Spain.
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