Jón Kalman Stefánsson

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Jón Kalman Stefánsson
Jón Kalman Stefánsson.jpg
Born (1963-12-17) 17 December 1963 (age 53)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Occupation author
Nationality Icelander
Jón Kalman Stefánsson in Aarhus Denmark November 2015
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Jón Kalman Stefánsson (born 17 December 1963) is an Icelandic author.


Jón Kalman was born in Reykjavík. He grew up there and in Keflavík. From 1975 to 1982, he lived in western Iceland, where he worked in different jobs after having finished high school.

From 1986 to 1991, he studied literature at the University of Iceland, but did not pass an important exam. During this time, Stefánsson taught courses at high schools and writing articles for the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið. Between 1992 and 1995, he lived off various jobs in Copenhagen, Denmark. Afterwards he returned to Iceland and worked as a librarian for the Municipal Library in Mosfellsbær. Since then he has been living as an independent author in Iceland.

In 2017 his novel fish have no feet was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.[1]


Photos from Aarhus, Denmark: Hreinn Gudlaugsson



  • Skurðir í rigningu (1996, "Ditches in rain")
  • Sumarið bakvið Brekkuna (1997, "The Summer Behind the Hill")
  • Birtan á fjöllunum (1999, "The Light on the Mountains")
  • Ýmislegt um risafurur og tímann (2001, "A Few Things about Giant Pines and Time")
  • Snarkið í stjörnunum (2003)
  • Sumarljós og svo kemur nóttin (2005, "Summer Light and Then Comes the Night")
  • Himnaríki og helvíti (2007) / Heaven and Hell (MacLehose Press, 2010)
  • Harmur englanna (2009) / The Sorrow of Angels (MacLehose Press, 2013)
  • Hjarta mannsins (2011) / The Heart of Man (MacLehose Press, 2015)
  • Fiskarnir hafa enga fætur (2013) / Fish Have No Feet (MacLehose Press, 25 August 2016)


  • Með byssuleyfi á eilífðina (1988)
  • Úr þotuhreyflum guða (1989)
  • Hún spurði hvað ég tæki með mér á eyðieyju (1993)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ https://grapevine.is/culture/literature-and-poetry/book-review/2017/03/27/jon-kalman-stefansson-nominated-for-booker-prize/.