Sjón chosen as winner of 2012 ‘Shadow’ Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (IFFP)

Icelandic author Sjón was awarded the 'Shadow' IFFP for his novel "From the Mouth of the Whale" earlier this month (May). Chair of the Shadow IFFP Jury Stuart Allen made the following comment about Sjón's work:

All of us [the judges] felt entranced by the writing and by Sjón's voice. Through Jonas' eyes, the writer captured 17th-century Iceland so well, and this was helped by Victoria Cribb's translation which, through its usage of archaic vocabulary and grammatical forms, gave it the feel of a book that had just been unearthed, not written. 

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