Anthology presenting 10 short and sharp contemporary short stories inspired by the Norse Sagas
The Saga of Sölvi the Young is Arnar Már’s debut novel. It was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize in 2015 and was awarded the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2016. Arnar Már studied Icelandic and German literature at the universities in Reykjavik and Cologne. He has worked as a sailor, a caregiver, and a tour guide. He now teaches Icelandic at Akureyri Junior College.
Bjørn Arild Ersland shattered the Norwegian fiction sound barrier with his critically acclaimed Store hendelser i liten skala (Big Events on a Small Scale) (Pelikanen 2016) and followed up on this a year later with the lovely, short and somewhat bizarre novel Hårfagre (Fairhair) (Pelikanen 2017). Ersland has also written a number of children’s books and non-fiction for both children and adults. He is a four-time Brage Prize nominee.
Bjørn Hatterud is a successful writer, musician and art curator. He grew up in a small Norwegian village community and lives today in Oslo. Against Normality is an export edition of two critically acclaimed books, Mot normalt (Against Normality) and Mjøsa rundt med mor (Me, Mum and Mjøsa), in which Hatterud writes of his life’s extraordinary trajectory. And of how growing up as an outsider led him to forge a pathway into art, literature and non-mainstream culture – in whose spaces he discovered identity and freedom.
Brian Dillon’s books include The Great Explosion (shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize), Objects in This Room: Essay, I am Sitting in a Room, Sanctuary, Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize), and In the Dark Room, which won the Irish Book Award for non-fiction. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, frieze and Artforum. He is UK editor of Cabinet magazine and teaches at the Royal College of Art, London.
Dan Fox is a writer, musician, and co-editor of frieze magazine, Europe’s foremost magazine of art and culture. He is based in New York. His first novel, Pretentiousness: Why it Matters, received worldwide acclaim upon its publication. Fox wrote an article for The Guardian, on the same topic, available online here.
Halvorsen (born 1979) is a Norwegian writer, playwright and translator of German literature. Her latest book is Doris Lessing. En litterær forfølgelse (Doris Lessing. A literary Pursuit) (Gyldendal 2016). She lives in Oslo and Vienna.
The award winning author Gaute Heivoll (b. 1978) made his debut in 2002 with Little dancing boy, a collection of stories. His first novel, Omar’s last days, was published the following year and Lars Saabye Christensen described Heivoll as “a voice to be reckoned with in young contemporary literature.” Heivoll had his big breakthrough with Before I burn in 2010. Since then he has written several books for children and adults. The Rat Catcher From Sorø is his first story told and penned by rats.
Geir Angell Øygarden was born in 1968 and lives in Glemmingebro, Sweden. He received his doctorate from Uppsala University i 2000 with a thesis on boxing, Den brukne neses estetikk(The Aesthetics of a Broken Nose). His book Bagdad Indigo (Baghdad Indigo) was published by Pelikanen Forlag in 2011.
Helle Helle (born 1965) is a graduate of the Danish Academy of Creative Writing and the author of a number of novels, as well as two collections of short fiction. Her most recent novel, de (they) (2018), was published 25 years after her debut, Eksempel på liv (Example of Life).
Helle Helle’s breakthrough novel, Rødby-Puttgarden (Rødby-Puttgarden) (2005), was awarded the Danish Critics’ Prize for Literature, since when she has received her native country’s highest literary accolades, including the Per Olov Enquist Prize, the Golden Laurels of the Danish Booksellers’ Association, the Grand Prize of the Danish Academy, and the Holberg Medal. Her books have been translated into 22 languages.
Ida Lødemel Tvedt (1987) writes essays and reviews for Norwegian newspapers and journals. She splits her time between Bergen and New York, where she has taught classes on the literary essay at Columbia University and The New School. She is currently writing reportages for the newspaper Dag og tid.
Inger Bråtveit (born 1978) is one of our most exciting younger authors. She made her debut as an author in 2002 with the novel Mouth towards a Frozen Fjord. Her second novel, Siss and Unn, was nominated for the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature in 2008. After a poetry collaboration with notable Swedish author Cecilia Hansson, The Love Project, Bråtveit published her third novel Alice A4 in 2015.
The novel was nominated for the Young Readers’ Critics’ Prize.
Bråtveit has been awarded several literary prizes, including the New Norwegian Literature Prize and the Bjørnson Scholarship.
Jon Fosse is widely considered one of the world’s most important living writers. Born in 1959 in Strandebarm, a small village in the western part of Norway, he lives today in the Grotten, an honorary residence, as well as in Hainburg, Austria, and Frekhaug, Norway.
Fosse has received numerous prizes, both in Norway and internationally, and he is mentioned increasingly often as a likely contender for the Nobel Prize. He has currently finishing a major seven-volume work of what he calls “slow prose”. Septology consists of three volumes: The Other Name: Septology I – II was published in 2019 to international praise and longlisted to the Booker International Prize. I Is Another: Septology III – V will be published autumn 2020 and A New Name: Septology VI – VII will be published in autumn 2021.
Kate Briggs is the translator of two volumes of Roland Barthes’ lecture and seminar notes at the Collége de France: The Preparation of the Novel and How to Live Together, both published by Columbia University Press. She teaches at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
Laila Brenden (b. 1956) is a Norwegian author of more than 80 historical romance novels. Her book-series Hannah and Mountainroses have sold more than a million copies in Norway, as well as published in Sweden and Poland. Brenden has also written several non-fiction books for children and adults.
Silje Elin Matnisdal was born in 1982 and comes from Brusand in Jæren. She has grown up on a farm and has always had an inherent and strong relationship with animals. You see this in her photos.
Leiv Magnus Grøtte was born in 1954 and lives in Stavanger. He is originally a teacher, but has worked as a tourism manager, and has been a copywriter in the advertising industry for 25 years.
Long Litt Woon (born 1958 in Malaysia) is an Anthropologist and certified Mushroom Expert in Norway. She went to Norway in her youth as an exchange student. There she met and later married a Norwegian, Eiolf Olsen, and made Norway her home. She currently lives in Oslo, Norway. The author’s surname is Long in accordance to Chinese naming tradition.
Merete Morken Andersen is an associate professor in creative non-fiction at the University of Southeast Norway. She has published both fiction and creative non-fiction books. In 2002 she won the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for her novel Oceans of Time, which also was awarded the Amalie Skram <Prize in 2003. Her most recent book is The Writing Book (2008).
Mette Karlsvik’s literary debut was in 2005 with the novel The Window in the Dining Hall Overlooks the Fjord (Vindauga i matsalen vender mot fjorden) for which she was awarded the prestigious Tarjei Vesaas debutant prize. In 2012 she received the Booksellers grant, Stig Sæterbakken’s memorial award and Skien municipality’s artist grant. The novel Being Björk (Bli Björk, 2011) was nominated for the Brage Prize. Karlsvik’s writing is characterised by a unique world-view, with a perspective ranging in scope from microscopic sensations to global issues, often expressed through a single gesture or phrase.
Olaug Nilssen (b.1977) made her real breakthrough in 2005 with Turn Me On, Dammit (Få meg på, for faen). The book breaks taboos in relation to young people and sexuality and was defining for a whole generation. Since then she has written books in many genres and made her mark as an unusual and important voice in Norwegian literature. Her last novel A Tale of Terrible Times was awarded the prestigious Brage Prize in 2017, and is a powerful story about what it means to be the parents of a disabled child.
Patrick Langley is an established writer on art and literature for publications such as frieze, Art Agenda, Art Review, Rhizome, and more. Langley is also a contributor editor, and writer, at The White Review. Langley has also been a runner-up for the Deborah Rogers Award for the title The Brothers King, an early draft of Arkady.
Ruth Lillegraven (b.1978) debuted with the poetry collection Big Bad Poems in 2005. Since then she has published a novel, three further poetry collections and her work is translated into several languages. She has also published six books for childre, among them I am I am I am and Into the Forest and the play Cally. Her work has been nominated for several awards, and won, among others, The Brage-Prize and Nynorsk Literature Prize. Her latest novel, Deep Fjord is a great success with multiple international sales, as well as filmrights to Nordisk Film.
Sarah Hambro has studied history and journalism at the University of Oregon and Columbia School of Journalism. Since 1995 she has been a journalist at the Norwegian national daily Dagens Næringsliv and writes about science, food and a host of other topics. Our World According to Bees is her first book.
For over twenty years, Sigri Sandberg (b. 1975) has worked for various outlets in the mainstream Norwegian media. She spent several years living on the arctic island of Svalbard and has written fifteen books about nature, wilderness philosophy, climate, and polar regions.
Stine Pilgaard (born 1984) is a graduate of the Danish Writers’ Academy and the University of Copenhagen. Her first novel, Min mor siger (My Mum Says) (2012), was a critical and commercial success, nominated for the prestigious Danish Broadcasting Corporation Literature Prize and given the Bodil and Jørgen Munch-Christensen Award for a debuting author. Lejlighedssange (Songs for Special Occasions, 2015), gave her the Danish Libraries’ Writers Award and nominated for the Danish Readers’ Book Award. Both books were translated into Norwegian by acclaimed Nordic author Erlend Loe.