An evening with Sjón

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Sun­day, 5 p.m. li­bretto to be per­formed at a French fes­ti­val in 2015, and he’s on a team de­vel­op­ing a TV se­ries in Ice­land. For the Win­nipeg stop of his Cana­dian trek, Sjón will fo­cus on The Whis­per­ing Muse, the most re­cent of his nov­els to have been trans­lated. And, he ex­plains, trav­el­ling with books writ­ten years ago is a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in its own right. “(The books) find their place in dif­fer­ent cul­tures, dif­fer­ent so­cial en­vi­ron­ments. Even The Blue Fox, which I wrote 11 years ago and have trav­elled with ex­ten­sively, keeps sur­pris­ing me as to where it fits in dif­fer­ent cul­tures.” For The Whis­per­ing Muse, Sjón drew upon writ­ing by his great-grand­fa­ther as well as with Greek myth — specif­i­cally the story of Ja­son and the Arg­onauts. “I re­ally like to see what hap­pens when you bring dif­fer­ent worlds into play,” he says. “We live in a world of sto­ries. Ev­ery one of us lives our own nar­ra­tives, but we’re also sur­rounded by nar­ra­tives. We watch TV and see the news, which is filled with short sto­ries and epics. We read sto­ries, we live our own sto­ries. At the end of the day we go to bed and we dream — yet more sto­ries.” “Over­all, the hu­man be­ing is at the com­plete mercy of sto­ries.”

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