Born in Reykjavík in 1962, Sjón is the author of five previous novels, for which he has won several awards. In addition, he has written more than five poetry collections, several opera librettos, and lyrics for various artists, including Björk. He was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in Dancer in the Dark and co-wrote the script of the film The Northman with director Robert Eggers. In 2017 he became the third writer – following Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell – to contribute to Future Library, a public artwork based in Norway spanning 100 years. Red Milk is his most recent novel.