Kjærstad, Jan

Jan Kjærstad occupies a prominent place in contemporary Norwegian literature. He has a Master of 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, ELLER DET PERFEKT MORD. 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 FORFØREREN (1993), EROBREREN (1996) and OPPDAGEREN (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 OPPDAGEREN.

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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Selected bibliography & translations

Year Norwegian title English Title Rights sold to Foreign publisher
2015 Slekters gang The Path of Kins
Danish Rosinante
German Septime Verlag e.U.
Swedish Atlantis
2011 Normans område Norman's Area
Danish Rosinante
German Septime Verlag
Swedish Atlantis
2008 Jeg er brødrene Walker I Am the Walker Brothers
Danish Rosinante
German Septime Verlag
Swedish Atlantis
2007 Kjærstads Matrise Kjærstad's Matrix
2005 Kongen av Europa The King of Europe
Danish Samleren
German Septime Verlag
Swedish Atlantis
2004 Menneskets nett The Web of Mankind
2003 Tegn til kjærlighet Signs of Love
Czech NLN
Danish Samleren
Dutch De Geus
Estonian Pegasus
Finnish Wsoy
German Ki-Wi
Korean Dulnyok Publishing
Swedish Atlantis
1999 Oppdageren The Discoverer
American English Open Letter
British English Arcadia
Danish Samleren
Dutch De Geus
German Ullstein, Berlin
Hebrew
Spanish Nórdica Libros, S.L.
Turkish Oblomov Kitap
1997 Menneskets felt The Human Sphere
Danish Samleren
1996 Erobreren The Conqueror
American English Open Letter
British English Arcadia
Danish Samleren
Dutch De Geus
Finnish WSOY
German Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Spanish Nórdica Libros, S.L.
Swedish Atlantis
Turkish Oblomov Kitap
1993 Forføreren The Seducer
American English Overlook Press
British English Arcadia
Danish Samleren
Dutch De Geus
Finnish Wsoy
French Monsieur Toussaint Louverture
German Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Icelandic Edda
Korean Dulnyok Publishing
Romanian Editura Scandic
Spanish Nórdica Libros, S.L.
Swedish Atlantis
Turkish Oblomov Kitap
1990 Rand On the Verge
Danish Samleren
Dutch De Geus
French Gallimard
German Eichborn Verlag
Swedish Atlantis
1989 Jakten på de skjulte vaffelhjertene The Hunt for the Hidden Waffle Hearts
Danish Forlaget Fremad
German Boje Verlag
Swedish Fripress Bokförlag
1989 Menneskets matrise The Matrix of Man
1987 Det store eventyret The Big Adventure
Danish Samleren
1984 Homo Falsus, eller det perfekte mord Homo Falsus, or The Perfect Murder
Danish Hovedland
Dutch Uitgeverij Het Spectrum
Finnish WSOY
German Rothbuch Verlag
Swedish Atlantis
1982 Speil Mirrors
Swedish Atlantis
1980 Kloden dreier stille rundt The Earth Turns Quietly
German Piper

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