Festival Internazionale
di Letteratura a Venezia
3 6 Aprile 2019

Italian bibliography

Mánasteinn - Il ragazzo che non è mai stato, trad. di Silvia Cosimini, Federico Tozzi Editore, 2019.

La volpe azzurra. Skugga-Baldur. Una leggenda islandese, trad. di Silvia Cosimini, Mondadori 2006.


Thursday, 4 April — 2.00 pm — Auditorium S. Margherita Ca’ Foscari


Born in Reykjavík in 1962, Sjón – pen name of Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson – is a celebrated Icelandic author. He won the Nordic Council's Literary Prize for his novel The Blue Fox (2003) and the 2008 novel From the Mouth of the Whale was shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His latest work, CoDex 1962, a novel in three books, was published in Iceland in 2016 to great acclaim and it is being published in different languages. As a poet, librettist and lyricist, he has published nine poetry collections, written four opera libretti and lyrics for various artists. In 2001 he was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in the Lars Von Trier film Dancer in the Dark (2000). He is the president of Icelandic PEN and lives in Reykjavík with his wife and two children.

Sjón is a guest artist of the residency programme Marie’s Project, in memory of Marie Brandolini, curated by Beit Venezia. Casa della Cultura Ebraica and by Casa delle Parole, in collaboration with Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem.

Booking is now closed, but there are still some seats available. We advise you to come to the venue 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the event.

Sjón will converse with


Massimiliano Bampi - Università Ca' Foscari Venezia 


The conversation will be in English (simultaneous translation available); free admission, booking required.

This event is sponsored by Beit Venezia. Casa della cultura ebraica

In collaboration with Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati