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 Jón Stefán Svensson

Jón Stefán Svensson

Original Name Sveinsson
Birth
Akureyri, Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Death 16 Oct 1944 (aged 86)
Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Memorial ID 43286850 · View Source
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Author. Best known in Germany as well as the rest of Europe as the author of the "Nonni" children's books, about his happy childhood in Iceland and later world travels. Sadly, his father died when he was 12 and he then traveled to Amiens, France, via Denmark, as he had been awarded a scholarship. He converted to Catholicism and became a member of the Jesuit order. Ordained to the priesthood in Liverpool in 1890, he was the first Icelandic priest since the Reformation. He began to write the Nonni series in 1906, which has since been translated into over 30 languages. He only returned twice to Iceland for short visits. His final book about his world travels in the late 1930s was finished posthumously from his diaries by his close friend and colleague Hermann Krose. His book "Manni and Nonni" was turned into a miniseries in 1988 on the German network ZDF.

Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jón Stefán Svensson (16 Nov 1857–16 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43286850, citing Melaten-Friedhof, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .