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Merethe Lindstrøm wins the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2012

The Norwegian author Merethe Lindstrøm has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2012 for her novel “Dager i stillhetens historie” (“Days in the History of Silence”).

Mar 22, 2012
Merethe Lindstrøm
Photographer: Johannes Jansson/norden.org

Merethe Lindstrøm: Cover: Dager i stillhetens historie. (“Days in the History of Silence”). Aschehougs forlag

This is what the Adjudicating Committee had to say:

“In a gentle, precise and thoughtful prose Lindstrøm relates how a dramatic past slowly breaks into an elderly woman’s life and consciousness.”

Merethe Lindstrøm was born in Bergen in 1963. She made her debut with the collection of short stories “Sexorcisten og andre fortellinger” in 1983.

A characteristic of Merethe Lindstrøm‘s writing is her focus on modern people’s quest for others and for meaning.  She was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2008 for her collection of short stories “Gjestene” (2007).

“Dager i stillhetens historie” (“Days in the History of Silence”) (2011) is her latest novel for which she was awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for best adult literary work.

Merethe Lindstrøm, winner of Nordic Litteraturprize 2012. Foto: Mats Køber.

This year there were 14 different authors from the Nordic countries and Greenland, Åland, the Faroe Islands and the Sami Language Area on the list of nominees for the prize.

The Nordic Council Literature Prize is worth DKK 350,000.

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The Nominations for 2012 were:

The national members of the Adjudicating Committee had nominated the following works for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2012. The winner will be chosen by the Adjudicating Committee at its meeting in Reykjavik in the spring of 2012. The prize is worth 350,000 Danish kroner.

Denmark

Vibeke Grønfeldt
Livliner
Novel, Samleren, 2011

Janina Katz
Skrevet på polsk
Poetry, Rosinante, 2011

Finland

Gösta Ågren
I det stora hela
Poetry collection, Söderströms, 2011

Saila Susiluoto
Carmen
Poetry, Otava, 2010

Iceland

Bergsveinn Birgisson
Svar við bréfi Helgu (Svar på brev frå Helga)
Novel, Bjartur, 2010 (Norwegian translation Johannes Gjerdåker)

Gerður Kristný
Blóðhófnir (Blodhov)
Poetry, Mál og menning, 2010 (Swedish translation John Swedenmark)

Norway

Øyvind Rimbereid
Jimmen
A poem, Gyldendal, 2011

Merethe Lindstrøm
Dager i stillhetens historie
Novel, Aschehoug forlag, 2011

Sweden

Katarina Frostenson
Flodtid
Poetry collection, Wahlström & Widstrand, 2011

Eva-Marie Liffner
Lacrimosa
Novel, Natur & Kultur, 2011

Faroe Islands

Hanus Kamban
Gullgentan (Guldpigen)
Short stories, Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins, 2010
(Danish translation, Kirsten Brix)

Greenland

Tungutaq Larsen
Nittaallatut
Poetry collection, Forlaget Atuagkat, 2011

The Sami Language Area

Rawdna Carita Eira
ruohta muzetbeallji ruohta (løp svartøre løp)
Poetry, Gyldendal, 2011

The Åland Islands

Leo Löthman
Transportflotte Speer
Novel, PQR-kultur, 2011

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