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In Residence
Zurich, Switzerland
August — December 2021




Sjón was born in Reykjavík in 1962 and his real name is Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson. He came to the novel via poetry and music and lives and works in Reykjavík. He has written numerous books of poetry, novels and plays and also works as a screenwriter for the cinema. His works have been translated into over 35 languages. The German translation of his trilogy “CoDex 1962” was published by Fischer Verlag in June 2020. /// As of June 17, 2021

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CoDex 1962

“The street urchin whistled to the other pickpockets in the park, the pickpockets whispered the news in the ears of the burglars, the burglars talked to the whores, the whores nudged the pimps, the pimps got in touch with the book-keepers, the book-keepers passed on the message to the managing director of the casinos, the managing director of the casinos rang the director of the national bank, and the director broke off his meeting with the finance minister to go and see the man who, according to the Communists, held Germany in the palm of his hand.”

— From “CoDex 1962” (New York, MCD 2018)