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Larissa Kyzer

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Larissa Kyzer is a writer and translator. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, she lived in Reykjavík for five years after receiving a Fulbright grant in 2012. Her translations include novels, children’s books and chapter books for young readers, short stories, poetry, essays, plays, nonfiction, and, most recently, Kristín Eiríksdóttir’s A Fist or a Heart, for which she was awarded the America-Scandinavia Foundation's 2019 Nadia Christensen translation prize. Larissa is a member of Ós, an Iceland-based international and literary collective, the American Literary Translators Association, and is co-chair of PEN America’s Translation Committee. She was Princeton University’s Fall 2019 Translator in Residence.

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Carolyn A big thank you, Larissa, for recommending McSweeney's Magazine #15. It arrived last week from Malmo, not New Jersey as I'd imagined. The writing was generally good - I am a bit of a short story fan. But Fridrick and the Eedjit, by Sjon, was as brilliant a short story as I have ever read. It was so poetic and rich in humanity. I have a copy of The Mouth of the Whale that I will read when I've finish Iceland's Bell by Halldor Laxness.
So thanks again, Larissa!


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