"... the greatest story-teller of his generation"
Tore Renberg (b 1972) made his literary debut in 1995 with the collection of short prose SLEEPING TANGLE for which he won the prestigious Tarjei Vesaas' Debutant Prize. Since then he has written several novels and children's books, one collection of prose and made one book of collages. In 2004 he was selected one of the ten best writers in Norway under 35 by the Norwegian Festival of Literature and the influential weekly newspaper Morgenbladet.
Enthusiastically received by critics in both Norway and Sweden, the novel THE MAN WHO LOVED YNGVE (2003) was also Renberg’s definite mainstream breakthrough. So far the novel has sold 120.000 copies in Norway. Its loose sequel THE ORHEIM COMPANY (2005) was received equally well and won the P2 Listener’s Prize, Norway’s most prestigious readers’ prize, and was nominated for the Brage prize.
In 2006 Renberg published the two short novels GRANDMA'S GOT CABLE TV / VIDEOBOY in one volume. Renberg then wrote the script for the film version of THE MAN WHO LOVED YNGVE , which was an instant success when it appeared in Norwegian cinemas in 2008, selling more than 174.000 tickets. The film eventually won four Amanda prizes, including the prize for best Norwegian film, and was nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize. In November 2008 the film won the award for best film at the Nordic film festival in Lübeck, Germany. A short film based on VIDEOBOY will appear on the big screen in 2011-2012.
The third book in the series of freestanding novels about Jarle Klepp, CHARLOTTE ISABEL HANSEN, was released in 2008, again to critical acclaim. A great success among bookreaders, it won the Bookseller's prize the same autumn and was made into a film (JEG REISER ALENE) in 2011, once again with Renberg as the script writer. Renberg's latest novel, also featuring Jarle Klepp, is PIXLEY MAPOGO (2009).
During the 90s Renberg distinguished himself as a literary critic, working in the literary magazine Vagant and hosting the literary television programme Leseforeningen on Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition to writing the film script for THE MAN WHO LOVED YNGVE and JEG REISER ALENE, he has written the script for ALT FOR EGIL (2004). Renberg is also a musician, and has played in a number of bands.
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"the greatest story teller of his generation… He is a writer who can be incredibly funny. He is an impressively professional storyteller. He writes well and in an entertaining way. And he can be read by both high and low ”
Prizes and nominations:
* Tarjei Vesaas' Debutant prize 1995, for SOVENDE FLOKE
* Tiden Prize 1996
* Henrik Steffen's grant, 1998
* Siddis prize 2004
* The P2 listeners' best novel prize 2005, for THE ORHEIM COMPANY
* Nominated for the Brage prize 2005, for THE ORHEIM COMPANY
* Nominated for the Young Critics' prize 2005, for THE ORHEIM COMPANY
* Nominated for Dagbladet's novel of the year 2005, for THE ORHEIM COMPANY
* Stavanger Cultural prize 2008
* The Booksellers' prize 2008, for CHARLOTTE ISABEL HANSEN
* Nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2008
* Nominated for the Critics Prize for Gi gass, Ine 2010
* The Department of Culture's Prize for Gi gass, Ine 2010
Selected bibliography & translations
|Year||Norwegian title||English Title||Rights sold to||Foreign publisher|
|2011||Dette er mine gamle dager||These Are My Old Days||
|2009||Pixley Mapogo||Pixley Mapogo||
|2008||Charlotte Isabel Hansen||Charlotte Isabel Hansen||
|2006||Farmor har kabel-TV / Videogutten||Grandma's Got Cable TV / Video Boy||
|2005||Kompani Orheim||The Orheim Company||
|2003||Mannen som elsket Yngve||The Man Who Loved Yngve||
|2001||En god tid||Happy Times||
|1995||Sovende floke||Sleeping Tangle||
- Children & Young Adults