Askildsen, Kjell

Winner of the Brage Honorary Prize 1996 
Winner of the Critics’ Prize 1983 & 1991
Winner of the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize 2009 
Winner of the Sørlandet Honorary Award 2010
Winner of the Aschehoug Prize 1991
Winner of the Dobloug Prize 1996
Nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 1991

Kjell Askildsen (b 1929) is regarded a master of short stories. He entered the literary scene in 1953 with the collection of short stories FROM NOW ON I'LL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY HOME, which received glittering reviews in the Oslo press, but was banished from the library in his home town, as it was considered immoral. It was not until 1987, with the appearance of the short story collection A SUDDEN LIBERATING THOUGHT, that Askildsen’s writing really caught the notice of the reading public.

Askildsen’s hallmark is his seemingly plain voice that quivers with a latent desire to communicate, and is frequently couched in a very black and cynical humour which, but for a deep well of irony, might seem dispiriting, even depressive. His human insight and masterly penmanship enable the few words he uses to convey an instantaneous perception of life as it really is, and then to turn that perception into a literary feast.

Askildsen has received numerous literary awards. Among them are The Critics’ Prize (1983 and 1991), the Aschehoug Prize (1991), the Dobloug Prize (1996), the Brage Honorary Prize (1996), the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize (2009) and the Sørlandet Honorary Prize (2010). In 1991, he was nominated to the Nordic Council’s Prize for Literature. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Click here to download the title story from THE DOGS IN THESSALONIKI

Photographer: Finn Ståle Felberg

Selected bibliography & translations

Year Norwegian title English Title Rights sold to Foreign publisher
2015 Vennskapets pris The Cost of Friendship
Danish Gyldendal
Spanish Nordica
2014 Askildsens beste The Best of Askildsen
Danish Gyldendal
Faeroese Sprotin
Swedish Natur & Kultur
2005 Alt som før - noveller i utvalg Everything as Before - Selected Short Stories
Bosnian Obzor
German Luchterhand
Hebrew Locus
Hungarian Európa
Spanish Lengua de Trapo
1996 Hundene i Tessaloniki The Dogs in Thessaloniki
Albanian Botime B-Books
British English Dalkey Archive Press
Czech Argo Publishing
Danish Per Kofod
Finnish Like
French Le Serpent à Plumes
Icelandic Màl og menning
Portuguese Ahab Edicoes
Spanish Lengua De Trapo
Swedish Forum
1991 Et stort øde landskap A Great Deserted Landscape
Albanian Botime B-Books
Armenian NOR-DAR
British English Norvik Press
Czech Mlada Fronta
Danish Per Kofod
Dutch Bezige bij
Estonian Loomingu Raamatukogu
Finnish Like
French Le Serpent à Plumes
German Wolfgang Butt Verlag
Hebrew Zikit
Icelandic Màl og menning
Italian Besa Editrice
Persian Hedayet Art Centre
Polish Swiat Literacki Publishers
Portuguese Ahab Edicoes
Romanian Pandora Publishing House
Russian Text Publishers
Serbian Ljubisa Radjic
Spanish Lengua de Trapo
Swedish Forum
1987 En plutselig frigjørende tanke A Sudden Liberating Thought
Amharic Hohe/Qirtas
Armenian NOR-DAR
British English Norvik Press
Bulgarian Delakort Publ., Sofia
Chinese (simplified) Shanghai Translation Publishing House
Czech Mlada fronta
Danish Per Kofod
Dutch Bezige Bij
Estonian Loomingu Raamatukogu
Finnish Like
French Le Serpent à Plumes
Georgian Karchkhadze Publishing
German Wolfgang Butt Verlag
Hebrew Simtaot Books
Icelandic Màl og menning
Italian Besa Editrice
Macedonian ViG Zenica
Persian Hedayet Art Centre
Polish Swiat Literacki Publishers
Portuguese Ahab Edicões
Romanian Pandora Publishing House
Russian Text Publishers
Serbian Geopoetika
Spanish Lengua De Trapo
Swedish Forum
1983 Thomas F's siste nedtegnelser til almenheten Thomas F's Last Notes to The Public
Croatian Fipidid
Finnish Like
French Le Serpent à Plumes
Latvian SIA Nordisk
Polish Swiat Literacki
1982 Ingenting for ingenting Nothing for Nothing
1976 Hverdag Everyday
1974 Kjære, kjære Oluf Dear, Dear Oluf
1969 Omgivelser Surroundings
Bulgarian Damyan Yakov Publishers
1966 Kulisser Side Scene
1957 Davids bror David's Brother
1955 Herr Leonard Leonard Mr. Leonard Leonard
1953 Heretter følger jeg deg helt hjem From Now On I'll Walk You All the Way Home

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