The Icelandic Literature Prizes were presented today.
In the category of fiction, Einar Már Guðmundsson received the prize for his book Hundadagar (Dog Days), about Jørgen Jørgensen, commonly called Jörundur hundadagakonungur (Jörundur Dog Days King), a Danish adventurer who ruled Iceland for a very short time in 1809.This is the first time Einar Már is awarded the prize, but he had been nominated four times.
Gunnar Helgason was awarded the prize for the best children’s book, Mamma klikk (Crazy Mom), and Gunnar Þór Bjarnason received the prize in the category of educational books for his book about World War I, Þegar siðmenningin fór fjandans til (When Civilization Went to Hell).
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson presented the prizes at his residence in Bessastaðir. The prize amount is ISK 1 million (USD 7,800, EUR 7,000).