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Andri Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer, born in Reykjavik on July 14, 1973. Andri has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CDs. He is the codirector of the documentary film Dreamland. His work has been published or performed in more than twenty countries. His novel LoveStar was chosen as “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers in 2002; it received the DV Literary Award and was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize. 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 or performed in twenty-two countries. The Story of the Blue Planet received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award 2000 and the West Nordic Children’s Book Prize 2002. The play from the story was performed on the main stage of LKTYP in Toronto in 2005. Andri has collaborated with various artists, mostly with a band called múm. Andri was vice-president of The Icelandic Writers Union, is a board member of The Culture House in Reykjavík and has been active in the fight against the destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. His book Dreamland:  A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation takes on these issues. Dreamland has been published in English, Danish, German, and Japanese and has become a feature-length documentary film. Andri Magnason is the winner of the Kairos Award of 2010  granted by the Alfred Toepfer institute in Hamburg.

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