Andri Snær Magnason

The Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason published his first book in 1995 and since then he has written several novels, collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. Magnason came to Aarhus in September 2015 as part of the FRESH EYES project.
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01-09-2015 - 30-09-2015
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Andri Snær Magnason
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The Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason published his first book in 1995 and since then he has written several novels, collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. The future of our planet and environmentalism are returning themes in his works. In his latest book for children, The time casket, he describes an apocalyptic world as a result of the choices of human beings and the children is left alone to ask the crucial question, “why?” In 2016 he even ran as a presidential candidate for the Icelandic election.

Magnason came to Aarhus in September 2015 as part of the FRESH EYES project. During his residence Aarhus Centre for Literature hosted an artist talk between Magnason and the Danish author Kasper Colling Nielsen about the shared interest of writing about counterfactual worlds and about nature as a human construct. Andri Snær Magnason also worked on some one-minute poems for the project; he rented a bike and rode around Aarhus with the alarm set on his phone. Whenever it rang he would stop – no matter where he was – and write a poem for a whole minute about wherever he was. This way he has managed to write about a lot of different sites in Aarhus other than the rainbow and the city hall tower. In the one-minute poems he navigated around Aarhus and investigates the city’s aesthetical potential while searching for the underground crocodiles of Aarhus.

Selected bibliography:
1995: Ljóðasmygl og skáldarán.
1996: Bonus poetry.
1996: Very short stories.
2002: LoveStar.
2006: Dreamland – A self help manual for a frightened nation.
2013: The time casket.

Besides his many publications he has been nominated for and has one several Icelandic literary prices.

Web site: http://www.andrimagnason.com/

Photo credit: Matthew Eisman.