Nominated for Nordic Council's Literature Prize

Mikael Torfason was born in Reykjavik in 1974. He has written eight novels, all published in Iceland and some have traveled in Europe; translated into Germany, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Lithuanian. Mikael also wrote and directed the feature film Made in Iceland (Gemsar). The film was very well received in Iceland, and traveled the film festival, and got nominated as Best Picture in Scandinavia in 2002.

A Letter to My Mother (Bréf til mömmu) is Torfason’s latest book, a bestseller in Iceland, like The Fallen (Syndafalið) and Lost in Paradise (Týnd í Paradís). These three books are Torfason's trilogy about growing up in Iceland. His fourth novel, Samuel, was nominated for The Icelandic Literature Prize and his third novel, The Worlds Stupidest Dad, was nominated for Nordic Council's Literature Prize in Scandinavia as well as the DV Literature Prize.

Torfason also writes for theatre, and was Editor-in-Chief for two of the three big newspapers in Iceland, as well as being executive director for the largest magazine media company in the country.

In 2013 a new film, based on Torfason's first book, premiered in Iceland. In 2019 his first TV series, co-written with a few others, will air in Iceland. His latest theatre work includes Let’s Talk About Faust in Oslo and Die Edda in Hannover. He has won numerous prizes for his work in theatre.

Mikael Torfason lives in Vienna. He has five children, and is currently writing a new book and a play.


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