• Europe
  • Northern Europe
  • Iceland

Sölvi Björn SIGURÐSSON is the author of three books of poetry and the novels Radio Selfoss (2003), The Murakami Girlfriend (2006), and The Last Days of My Mother (2009), also out in Danish. A translator of classical poetry, he has also received distinguished nominations for his translation of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell. In 2001, he edited an anthology of poetry by Iceland’s youngest poet generation of poets. His Diabolical Comedy, a modern take on The Divine Comedy, has been translated into Finnish, Swedish and Danish. His participation is provided courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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