Gyrðir Elíasson (born 4 April 1964) is a leading author in Iceland. He was born in Reykjavík Iceland on the 4 April 1961, but was raised in Sauðarkrókur, a small town in the northern part of the country. He has written ten volumes of poetry and five books of prose. His style is called « highly personal » among other things. He is also a translator with an interest in works about the indigenous peoples of the Americas. He currently lives in Reykjavík with his wife and three children.
He won the prestigious Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 2011 for the short story collection Milli trjánna. His collection The Yellow House was awarded the Icelandic Literary Prize and the Halldor Laxnes Prize for Literature in 2000.
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Represented Works (among others)
- Sandárbókin (The Book of Sandá River, novel), Uppheimar, 2007
- Milli trjánna, short stories, Uppheimar 2009