Einar Már Guðmundsson

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Einar Már Guðmundsson, 2012
Einar Már Guðmundsson
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Einar.

Einar Már Guðmundsson (born 18 September 1954 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic author of novels, short stories, and poetry. His books have been translated into several languages.


Einar Már Guðmundsson grew up in Reykjavík. In 1979 he received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Iceland in comparative literature and history. He subsequently worked in the comparative literature department of the University of Copenhagen. Today, the author lives in Reykjavík, is married, and has five children.


Einar's first book was poetry and his best-known work is his novel Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe), subsequently adapted as a film.

In the wake of the 2008–11 Icelandic financial crisis, Einar published two collections of essays reflecting on the crisis: Hvíta bókin ('The White Book') (Reykjavík: Mál og menning, 2009) and Bankastræti núll ('0 Bank Street') (Reykjavík: Mál og Menning, 2011).

Awards and honors[edit]

Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe) won The Nordic Council's Literature Prize. In 2012, he was awarded the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize, known as the 'little Nobel'.

German language editions[edit]

  • Die Ritter der runden Treppe (Riddara hringstigans, 1982), Munich, Goldmann btb, 1999, ISBN 3-442-72495-3
  • Engel des Universums (Englar alheimsins, 1993), Munich, Goldmann, Bd. 72514 btb, 2000, ISBN 3-442-72514-3
  • Fußspuren am Himmel (Fótspor á himnum, 1997), Munich, Wien, Carl Hanser, 2001, ISBN 3-446-20051-7


Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Jazz and poetry in Aarhus, Denmark

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