Andri Snær Magnason

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Andri Snær Magnason
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Born (1973-07-14) July 14, 1973 (age 45)
Language Icelandic
Nationality Icelandic
Education BA in literature
Genre Children's books, environmentalism
Notable awards West Nordic Council's Children and Youth Literature Prize
Icelandic Literary Award
Icelandic Literary Award
West Nordic Council's Children and Youth Literature Prize
UKLA Award

Andri Snær Magnason (born 14 July 1973) is an Icelandic writer.[1] He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CDs. His work has been published or performed in more than 30 countries. He was a candidate in the 2016 Icelandic presidential election.

Andri Snær Magnason in Aarhus, Denmark 2017


His most recent work is the novel "Tímakistan" was chosen Children's book of the year in 2013. He also wrote the book Dreamland, a highly praised work of non-fiction dealing with many issues in modern Iceland, mostly environmentalism but also the influence of the US military base in Iceland. His novel, LoveStar, was chosen “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers 2002, received the DV Literary Award and a nomination to the Icelandic Literary Prize, and was awarded the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation of Excellence in 2013. His children's book, The Story of the Blue Planet, was the first children's book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize and has been published in 30 countries. The Story of the Blue Planet was a 2014 United Kingdom Literacy Association Book Award Winner, an Honor Book for the Nature Generation's 2013 Green Earth Book Award in Children's Fiction, and received the 2002 West Nordic Children's Book Prize and the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award in 2000. The play from the story has been staged in Toronto, Chicago, Aalborg, Wasa and Lucerne. Andri has collaborated with various artists, mostly with a band called múm. Andri was vice-president of The Icelandic Writers Union and a board member of The Culture House in Reykjavik. He has been active in the fight against the destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. Andri has recently published the book Dreamland - Self-help for a frightened nation. It is a book that criticises the fast destruction of the Icelandic nature by the damming of rivers for the gain of aluminium companies.

Andri was born in Reykjavík on 14 July 1973. He comes from a family of doctors and nurses. His father is a doctor, his mother is a nurse, his sister is a brain surgeon, his brother is a student but his wife is a nurse. Andri is married to a nurse, her sister is in med school, his mother-in-law is a nurse and her sister too. His great grandfather was a doctor in the Westfjords of Iceland. His grandfather, Björn Thorbjarnarson, is married to a nurse from Toronto, was a chief surgeon at the New York Hospital and professor at Cornell University. Björn wrote the bestseller Surgery of the Bilinary Tract, 1975. Andri lives in Reykjavík; he has four children.


"Sofðu ást mín" Mál og menning 2016


  • Natures Opera (original title: Náttúruóperan) LFMH 1999
  • Blue Planet (original title: Blái hnötturinn) Icelandic National Theater 2001
  • Hlauptu Náttúrubarn Útvarpsleikhúsið 2001
  • Úlfhamssaga Hafnarfjarðarleikhúsið/Annað svið 2004
  • Eternal Happiness (original title: Eilíf hamingja) with Thorleif Arnarson - City Theater/ Lifandi Leikhús 2007
  • Eternal Misery (original title: Eilíf óhamingja) with Thorleif Arnarson- City Theater/ Lifandi Leikhús 2009


  • Voices/Raddir, Smekkleysa/Stofnun Árna Magnússonar 1998
  • Flugmaður - spoken word CD with múm - Leiknótan 1999


  • Dreamland (original title: Draumalandið), Documentary film codirected with Þorfinnur Guðnason. Ground Control Productions 2009.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Andri Snær Magnason | Literature Web". City of literature UNESCO (in Icelandic). 15 April 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  2. ^ Dreamland

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