Jan Kjærstad

One of Scandinavia’s most prominent authors, winner of the Nordic Council’s Prize for Literature 2001.

His latest novel Berge was named “the best book of 2017” by leading newspaper VG.

Book info
Language
Foreign publisher
  • Berge
  • Berge
  • Jan Kjærstad
  • 2017
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • CzechAlbatros
  • DanishRosinante
  • GermanSeptime Verlag
  • SwedishAtlantis Bokförlaget
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • DanishRosinante
  • GermanSeptime Verlag
  • SwedishAtlantis
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • DanishRosinante
  • GermanSeptime Verlag
  • SwedishAtlantis
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • DanishRosinante
  • GermanSeptime Verlag
  • SwedishAtlantis
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • DanishRosinante
  • GermanSeptime Verlag
  • SwedishAtlantis
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • DanishRosinante
  • DutchDe Geus
  • EstonianPegasus
  • FinnishWsoy
  • GermanKi-Wi
  • KoreanDulnyok Publishing
  • SwedishAtlantis
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • American English, British EnglishArcadia
  • DanishRosinante
  • DutchDe Geus
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • American EnglishOpen Letter
  • American English, British EnglishArcadia
  • DanishRosinante
  • DutchDe Geus
  • FinnishWsoy
  • SpanishNórdica Libros
  • SwedishBokförlaget Atlas
  • TurkishOblomov Kitap
  • LanguageForeign publisher
  • American EnglishOverlook Press
  • American English, British EnglishArcadia
  • DanishRosinante
  • DutchDe Geus
  • FinnishWsoy
  • FrenchMonsieur Toussaint Louverture
  • GermanKiepenheuer & Witsch
  • IcelandicEdda
  • KoreanDulnyok Publishing
  • RomanianEditura Scandic
  • SpanishNórdica Libros
  • SwedishAtlantis
  • TurkishOblomov Kitap

Jan Kjærstad occupies a prominent place in contemporary Norwegian literature. He has a masters degree in theology from the University of Oslo, and he made his debut as a writer of fiction in 1980 with Kloden dreier stille rundt, a collection of short stories. He has written a number of novels and short stories and he has published picture books and essays. In 1984 he received the Norwegian Literary Critics Association’s Prize for Homo Falsus, or the Perfect Murder. The fact that he was honored with Germany’s prestigious Henrik Steffens Prize in 1998, awarded to Scandinavians who have significantly enriched Europe’s artistic and intellectual life, also illustrates his international appeal as an author. His trilogy The Seducer (1993), The Conquerer (1996) and The Inventer (1999) makes a monumental contribution towards renewal of the art of novel writing in Scandinavia. In 2001, Jan Kjærstad won the Nordic Council’s Prize for Literature for The Conquerer.

Praise for Kjærstad’s books:

One of the most influential writers of his generation. Say his name, and I think of Milan Kundera, Martin Amis and Frank Zappa
Linn Ullmann

He exists. The perfect novelist exists and his name is Jan Kjærstad and he comes from Norway
Dagens Nyheter

Read, reader, read – great books are so rare
Die Welt

Kjærstad’s novels are redolent with the fantastic profusion of the stories they tell, of all that flows forth from them, presented in ever-new guises
Die Zeit

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