Born on the 27th of August, 1962, in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sjˇn (Sigurjˇn B. Sigursson) began his literary career at the age of 15 when his first poetry collection was published. He went on to become a founding member of the neo-surrealist group Med˙sa and acquired a high profile on the ReykjavÝk cultural scene. He has published numerous poetry collections and several novels, as well as written plays, librettos and picture books for children.
The mind-bending miniature historical epic is Sjˇn's specialty, and his new novel Moonstone is no exception. But it is also his most realistic and accessible work yet. Mßni Steinn is gay in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is unthinkable. His city, Reykjavik in 1918, is homogeneous, isolated, and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which is now lapping at Iceland's shores. But the outside world has also brought Icelanders cinema, and there is nothing like watching a film from Europe to escape the overwhelming threats and make you feel like everything is going to be all right. For Mßni Steinn, the question is whether, at Reykjavik's darkest hour, he should retreat all the way into this imaginary world, or if he should engage with the society that has so soundly rejected him.