Jón Óskar

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Jón Óskar , actually Jón Óskar Ásmundsson (born July 18, 1921 in Akranes , Iceland , † October 20, 1998 in Reykjavík , Iceland) was an Icelandic poet, author, musician and translator.


Jón Óskar grew up in his native town before he graduated from the Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík . From 1940 he studied piano at the Reykjavík Music School and learned the French language at the Alliance française in Reykjavík and Paris . He learned the Italian language in Rome , Perugia and Genoa .

From 1946 to 1956 Óskar earned his living with music lessons in Reykjavík, worked at the same time from 1953 to 1958 for the Icelandic parliament, the Althing , and the publishing house Birtings . In 1952 his first book was published with the title Mitt andlit og þitt , followed by short stories, poetry books and a multi-volume biography.

The author is counted among the five most important Icelandic poets who began to write in the 1940s and 1950s and who were known as the group of " atomic poets ".

Jón Óskar has been the translator of a number of Italian and French authors into the Icelandic language since 1946.