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Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic author born 1962 in Reykjavík. He won the Nordic Council's Literary Prize for his novel The Blue Fox (the Nordic countries' equivalent of the Man Booker Prize) and the novel From The Mouth Of The Whale was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His latest work CoDex 1962, a novel in three books, has been called an "extraordinary performance" by The Guardian and "a show of virtuosity" by The New York Times. In 2001 he was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in the film Dancer In The Dark. Sjón's novels have been published in thirty five languages. He is the president of Icelandic PEN and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two children.