Anthology presenting 10 short and sharp contemporary short stories inspired by the Norse Sagas
Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974, holds a Ph.D. from the University of East London, and has published three novels in Arabic. She splits her time between Berlin and Jerusalem.
Anna Fiske (b. 1964) is a Swedish-born writer, illustrator, and cartoonist living and working in Norway. Fiske has a distinct and unique style, both in her literary and pictorial expression, and has been widely recognised for her work, winning several awards and residences. Fiske published a groundbreaking ad-free reoccurring children’s cartoon Rabbel (2005-2009), receiving her first prize as a cartoonist from the Ministry of Culture for her contribution. Fiske has since been the recipient an astonishing number of awards, including another two from the Ministry of Culture, illustrations (2015) and again as cartoonist (2017), and Bokkunstprisen (2014), to name a few. She was also awarded a literary residency through the prestigious Rasmus Løland Litteraturstipend (2014).
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 (born 1965) has written more than 40 books for children and young readers, within fiction and non-fiction. He has been nominated for a large number of awards, including four nominations for Norway’s prestigious “Brageprisen”. Ersland debuted as a novelist for adults with Huge events on a small scale (Pelikanen 2016), which received very good reviews. “Please write more for adults!” Wrote Anne Cathrine Straume in NRK Book. Something he has now done.
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.
Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen (b. 1954) has studied at the Norwegian College of Journalism in Oslo, as well as the University of Oslo, where she studied pedagogy, and Tromsø Teaching College. She has written several picture books, and has collaborated with illustrators such as Ana Ventura, Hilde Hodnefjeld, Ragnar Aalbu, and Akin Duzakin.
Akin Duzakin (b. 1961) is a graduate of the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry in Oslo. He has illustrated over 40 picture books, and written two. He has received the Brage Award twice for picture books made in collaboration with Liv Marie Austrem. He has also received the Department of Culture’s Award for Illustrated Children’s Books twice, and received the Book Art Award in 2006 for his many years of work as an illustrator. Duzakin is particularly well known for his poetic, slightly naivist motives, using a characteristic palette. He displays great figurative abilities and a strong sense of craftsmanship in his work.
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.
Ingebjørg Berg Holm (born 1980) is educated as an interior architect and lives in Bergen with her husband and two children. She was nominated for the Riverton Prize and won the Maurits Hansen Award for her critically acclaimed debut novel Stars Above, Darkness Below.
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.
JENS M. JOHANSSON (b. 1971) is an award-winning author and journalist. He debuted as a short story writer in 2002, and has since released five novels and several non-fiction books. His book “A Good Life”, published in 2016, was praised by several critics as one of the best books of the year. Johansson has been translated into several languages. He lives in Oslo with his wife and two children. No dog.
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 is currently finishing a major seven-volume work of what he calls “slow prose”: Septology, to be published in three volumes in 2019, 2021, and 2023.
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.
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 (born 1978) had her literary debut in 2005 with Vindauga i matsalen vender mot fjorden, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ debut prize. In 2011 she was awarded both Stig Sæterbakken memory prize, The Booksellers stipendium and the Skien Munincipality annual artist prize, and nominated to the prestigious Brage Prize for Bli Björk. She writes books in all disciplines and genres, and also works as a journalist.
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.
Øystein Morten is a historian and author. He has released a string of critically acclaimed books, such as The Search for Saint Olaf (which was awarded 6/6 stars by Norway’s largest newspaper, VG), and The Search for Sigurd the Crusader.
Pål Hermansen is one of the country’s most distinguished photographers. He has contributed to 22 books, and has been published and celebrated all over the world.
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.
Per Anders Todal is a journalist. His previous book, Devil on the flat land. Stories from Belarus (Samlaget 2009), was published to glowing reviews.
Ragnar Aalbu (b. 1966) is a picture book author and illustrator, and has received multiple awards for his minimalist, stylised illustrations,
including the Department of Culture’s First Children’s Book Award in 2005.
Aalbu is featured in Martin Salisbury’s book PLAY PEN – New Children’s Book Illustration (2007), and in the Gestalten Verlag title Little Big Books – Illustrations for Children’s Picture Books (2012).
Roar Ræstad (b. 1968) had his literary debut in 2014 with Sleeping Dogs. The first novel about Detective Inspector Gabriel Navarseth is a historical crime, set in Trondheim during the Second World War. Ræstad teaches at Strinda High School in Trondheim, and has a Masters Degree in History from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Sleeping Dogs was nonimated to the Maurits Hansen Prize for best crime debut in 2014. Since, Ræstad has written two consecutive novels about Detective Inspector Navarseth, The River in 2017 andThe Raven’s Hour just published. Ræstad’s writing combines the best of historical fiction and plot-driven thriller.
Ruth Lillegraven (b.1978) debuted with the poetry collection Big Bad Poems in 2005. Since then she has published a novel and the three further poetry collections, translated into several languages. She has also published six books for children 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, was published September this year. Already a great success with multiple international sales, and critics calling it “autumn’s most captivating crime novels.”
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.
Tove Braathen (b. 1952) still resides in her birthplace Grorud, Oslo. She has a dedicated career teaching at various high schools in the same city. Braathen’s debut novel, All These Days, published last year, was praised by critics and readers alike. Braathen writes about the everyday life of people in Oslo often forgotten in contemporary literature, combining sharp observations with deeply touching and entertaining feel-good narratives. With her latest novel The Effect of Moonlight on the First Snow, published this year, Braathen continues to write with the same authority of life in the eastern parts of Oslo, bringing to surface the dialogue between the political and the ordinary in urban life.