Rúnar Helgi Vignisson won the DV Literary Prize

Rúnar Helgi Vignisson received the 2012 DV Culture Prize for Literature for his short story collection, Ást í meinum (Love and Other Complications), published by the publishing house Uppheimar in 2012. The daily newspaper DV hands out culture prizes in seven fields each year, literature being one of them. This long standing award has won prestige as one of the most important literary prizes in Iceland. The prize was handed out for the 34th time on March 13th, 2013. About Love and Other Complications from the judges‘ panel: "Love and Other Complications contains fifteen stories by Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, one of Iceland‘s most prolific short-story writers. Human interaction (or the lack thereof) is the red thread of Rúnar Helgi‘s stories, and his characters jump off the page in full colour as he portrays them with ease in a few words. The characters have often lost their way or reached some kind of a dead-end, deal with love and anguish, fantasies and phobias, doubt and remorse. Rúnar Helgi Vignisson‘s literary language is alluring, often laced with humour, but more often than not his magic lies in the unsaid – that which the reader adds to these memorable stories." Rúnar Helgi Vignisson is one of Iceland‘s leading short-story writers. He has also written novels and translated literature by authors such as J.M. Coetze, Ian McEwan and Philip Roth into Icelandic. Rúnar Helgi heads the creative writing program at the University of Iceland. For further reading, see Rúnar Helgi Vignisson‘s pages on the website literature.is