Dreamland, The Story of the Blue Planet, Love Star …

Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays. He is the only writer to win the Icelandic Literary Award in all categories. His work has been published or performed in more than 35 countries. Dreamland – a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation won the Icelandic Literary Award 2006 and became a feature length documentary film; Dreamland directed by Thorfinnur Gudnason and Andri Snær Magnason. His novel, LoveStar was chosen “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers and nominated for the Phillip K Dick Award in the US. 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 received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award 2000 and the West Nordic Children’s Book Prize 2002. The Blue Planet has been staged by YPT in Toronto in 2005, Akvavit Theater in Chicago and also in Finland, Swiss, Germany and also by children’s theatres in Iran and Pakistan. Andri has collaborated with various artists. Andri has been a board member of The Icelandic Writers Union, The Culture House in Reykjavík and The National Theatre of Iceland. He has been active in the fight to preserve the pristine wilderness of the Icelandic highlands. He took part in organizing the Nattura Concert in Reykjavík in June 2008 with Björk and Sigurros and the Stop! Protect the Park Concert in 2014. Andri Magnason won the Kairos Award of 2010 – given by the Alfred Toepfer institute in Hamburg. His most recent book – The Time Casket won the Icelandic Literary Award in 2013.