Jógvan Isaksen

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Jógvan Isaksen

Jógvan Isaksen (born 25 August 1950 in Tórshavn) is a Faroese writer and literary historian. He is best known for his crime novels and for his book about Faroese literature Færøsk Litteratur (1993, in Danish). He is leader of the Faroese publication house Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins which has its address in the Faroe Islands, but its committee is located in Copenhagen. This publication house published Faroese books, it is the oldest Faroese publication house, founded in 1910.[1]

Biography[edit]

Jógvan Isaksen is the son of Magnhild Isaksen and Reimar Isaksen who both come from the village Gøta. After finishing high school in 1970 he moved to Denmark in order to study Nordic Philology at Aarhus University. He finished his MA in Scandinavian Literature Science in 1982. Since 1986 he has been associate Professor in Faroese language and Faroese literature at the University of Copenhagen.[2] Since 2000 he has been main editor of the magazine Nordisk litteratur (Nordic Literature) by the Nordic Council.[3]

Since 1978 Isaksen has also worked as a writer. His crime ficiton novels are popular in the Faroe Islands and often best sellers just before Christmas. Some of these books have been translated into other languages. Isaksen has also written some children's books and books about Faroese writers and literature.[4] For his literature work about the Faroese writer Hanus Kamban (at that time his name was Hanus Andreassen) and for his work for Faroese Literature, Isaksen received the Faroese Literature Prize in 1994. In 2006 he received one of the prizes of the Faroese Government, called Heiðursgáva landsins.[5]

The crime fiction Blíð er summarnátt á Føroyalandi was Isaksen's first crime fiction novel and one of the first crime fictions written in Faroese, where the story also happens in the Faroe Islands. It has been translated into Danish,[6] Icelandic and German.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

Crime fiction novels[edit]

  • 1990 – Blíð er summarnátt á Føroyalandi.
  • 1994 – Gráur oktober. Crime fiction novel.
  • 1996 – Á ólavsøku. Ein summarkrimi í 9 pørtum (A summer crime fiction novel in 9 parts.)
  • 2005 – Krossmessa, krimi, ISBN 99918-43-62-0[8]
  • 2006 – Adventus Domini
  • 2008 – Metusalem
  • 2009 – Norðlýsi
  • 2010 – Norska Løva, (Crime fiction, about the detective Hannis Martinsson. Norska Løva or Norske Løve refers to a Danish ship, which sank in Lambavík in the Faroe Islands on December 31, 1707. Around 100 men survived and 14 lost their lives.)
  • 2011 – Deydningar dansa á Sandi, (Crime fiction, about the detective Hannis Martinsson)[11]
  • 2012 – Tann fimti maðurin, (Crime fiction, about the detective William Hammer)[12]
  • 2013 – Prædikarin. (Crime fiction, about the detective William Hammer), Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins[13]
  • 2014 – Vølundarhús. (Crime Fiction about the detectiveHannis Martinsson). Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins.

Children's books[edit]

  • 1991 – Brennivargurin, crime fiction novel for children
  • 1996 – Teir horvnu kirkjubøstólarnir. Children's book[14]
  • 1999 – Barbara og tann horvna bamsan, children's book

Other works[edit]

  • 1983 – Føroyski Mentunarpallurin. Greinir og ummæli
  • 1986 – Ongin rósa er rósa allan dagin. Um skaldskapin hjá Róa Paturssyni[15]
    • 1988 – Ingen rose er rose hele dagen. Rói Paturssons digtning. (Translated to Danish)
  • 1987 – Amariel Norðoy. Tekstur (Text): Jógvan Isaksen. Yrkingar (Poems): Rói Patursson. Together with Anfinnur Johansen, Dorthe Juul Myhre, Troels Mark Pedersen and Rógvi Thomsen
  • 1988 – Í gráum eru allir litir. Bókmentagreinir
  • 1988 – At taka dagar ímillum. Um at ummæla og eitt úrval av ummælum
  • 1988 – Ein skúladagur í K. Føroyskar skemtisøgur. Í úrvali og við inngangi eftir Jógvan Isaksen (Faroese short stories, introduction by Jógvan Isaksen)
  • 1989 – Ingálvur av Reyni. Text: Gunnar Hoydal. Together with Dorthe Juul Myhre, Amariel Norðoy and Rógvi Thomsen
  • Færøsk litteratur. Introduktion og punktnedslag. Det arnamagnæanske institut, 1992.
  • 1992 – Ingi Joensen: Reflektión. Fotobók (Photo book). Together with Dorthe Juul Myhre and Amariel Norðoy
  • 1993 – Í hornatøkum við Prokrustes. Hanus Andreassen's short stories
  • 1993 – Færøsk Litteratur. Forlaget Vindrose, ISBN 87-7456-478-1. (About Faroese Literature)
  • 1995 – Treð dans fyri steini. Bókmentagreinir, 1995.
  • 1995 – Zacharias Heinesen. Tekstur: Jógvan Isaksen. Together with Amariel Norðoy, Dorthe Juul Myhre, Helga Fossádal and Jon Hestoy
  • 1996 – Var Kafka klaksvíkingur? 26 ummælir
  • 1997 – Tekstur til Amariel Norðoy. Norðurlandahúsið í Føroyum
  • 1997 – Omkring Barbara. Greinasavn. Together with Jørgen Fisker, Nils Malmros and John Mogensen, 1997.
  • 1997 – Homo Viator. Um skaldskapin hjá Gunnari Hoydal (About the literature work by Gunnar Hoydal)
  • 1998 – William Heinesen: Ekskursion i underverdenen. I udvalg og med efterskrift af Jógvan Isaksen
  • 1998 – Á verðin, verðin! Skaldsøgan "Barbara" eftir Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen (About Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen novel Barbara.
  • 1999 – Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen: Den yderste kyst – og andre essays. I udvalg og med efterskrift af Jógvan Isaksen
  • 2000 – Ingálvur av Reyni. Víðkað og broytt útgáva (Udvidet udgave). Together with Amariel Norðoy, Dorthe Juul Myhre and Gunnar Hoydal
  • 2001 – Livets geniale relief – omkring Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsens roman Barbara, (Around Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen's novel Barbara), ISBN 87-91078-04-0
  • 2002 – Deyðin er drívmegin. Bókimentagreinir (Articles about literature). Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins.
  • 2004 – Mellem middelalder og modernitet – Omkring William, Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins. (About the authorship of William Heinesen)
  • 2006 – Loystur úr fjøtrum – Um skaldskapin hjá Heðini Brú, Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins. (About the authorship of Heðin Brú)[16][17]
  • 2008 – Dulsmál og loynigongir. Ummælir (Reviews). Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins
  • 2010 – Sóttrøll. Um søgur og skaldsøgur eftir Jens Paula Heinesen, Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins. (About short stories and novels by Jens Pauli Heinesen).[18]
  • 2014 - At myrða við skrivaraborðið. 141 pages.[19] Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins.[20]

Recognition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MS.fo Um Mentunargrunnin (About Mentunargrunn Studentafelagsins) in Faroese
  2. ^ nfi.ku.dk Department of Scandinavian Research, University of Copenhagen
  3. ^ slq.nu, Scandinavian Library Quarterly, Nordbook News
  4. ^ Farlit.fo Jógvan Isaksen (in English)
  5. ^ MMR.fo Virðislønir, heiðursgávur og sømdarpeningur
  6. ^ FKB.dk (The Library of Frederiksberg, Denmark)
  7. ^ FLB.fo Skaldsøgur fyri vaksin, ið upprunaliga eru skrivaðar á føroyskum 1909–2010 (Novels for adults, which were writtin in the Faroese language originally from 1909 to 2010. (In Faroese)
  8. ^ DJ's krimiblog a review about the book Krossmessa (in Danish and English)
  9. ^ Bogerpapir.dk Korsmesse (Paperback)
  10. ^ litteratursiden.dk
  11. ^ Aktuelt.fo, Áttanda krimisøgan
  12. ^ Ritograk.fo Tann fimti maðurin, Jógvan Isaksen
  13. ^ in.fo, Nýggj krimi frá Jógvani Isaksen (in Faroese)
  14. ^ Ljodbokur.fo
  15. ^ SNL.no (Det Store Norske Leksikon) in Norwegian
  16. ^ Rug.nl page 31 (pdf-file) – review in English by Roald van Elswijk
  17. ^ Ritograk.fo Loystur úr fjøtrum, Um skaldskapin hjá Heðini Brú, Jógvan Isaksen (in Faroese)
  18. ^ MS.fo Jógvan Isaksen, Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins hevur givið út: (Books by Jógvan Isaksen, Published by Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins)
  19. ^ oyggjatidindi.com - AT MYRÐA VIÐ SKRIVARABORÐIÐ - TÍÐINDABRÆV FRÁ MENTUNARGRUNNI STUDENTAFELAGSINS
  20. ^ ms.fo - JÓGVAN ISAKSEN: AT MYRÐA VIÐ SKRIVARABORÐIÐ
  21. ^ MMR.fo Virðislønir, heiðursgávur og sømdarpeningur (in Faroese)
  22. ^ BBS.fo

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