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Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Discover illustrated short stories, flash fiction and poetry by the Icelandic fiction writer Börkur Sigurbjörnsson.

Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Börkur is an avid storyteller with a keen eye for quirky characters, funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. Much of his writing falls within the genre of realistic fiction and his stories are more often than not based on real events in the author’s life. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy.

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Börkur has for the past two decades traveled the world in search of education, work and adventures, with prolonged stays in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Düsseldorf, London, Montevideo and Paris.

Börkur’s debut literary publication was the short story collection 999 Abroad, published in 2012, where most stories tell a tale of an Icelander living abroad. In 2017, he published the flash fiction collection Flash 52, the result of a yearlong project of publishing an illustrated flash fiction every week. The short story collection Talk to Strangers came out in the autumn of 2019 and, as the title suggests, focuses on various types of dialogs with the unknown.

Many of Börkur’s stories can be read for free online but in order to support the publication his books are available for sale as electronic books (e-books) and paperbacks on major sites such as Amazon (including Kindle), Apple’s iBooks store, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Storytel. Börkur’s writing is simultaneously available in English, Icelandic and Spanish.

Börkur is a polymath and seeks inspiration for his stories in various aspects of human existence. Explore some of his frequent subjects below.

airports animals anxiety arts bars & cafés beliefs celebrities daily commute dreams forces of nature games geology human behavior Iceland insomnia lectures and conferences literature memories nature neighbors on writing plants protest public spaces quirky characters royalty science and technology sickness and health street life supernatural creatures travels waiting workplace

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