Nordophile will be watching very closely at The Nordic Council as they will yet again be recognising and bringing to our attention the Nordic talents in the Nordic literature world. This year the awards ceremony will take place in one of the Nordic’s synonymous cultural cities, Reykjavik.
With such a huge interest in Nordic genre books across the world, we throughly recommend you keeping up to date with these awards, its authors and recommendations.
Reykjavik will be a fitting backdrop to the awards ceremony on the 26th October as it is a city with the title of UNESCO City of Literature, which has produced some great Nordic authors including…..
Arnaldur Indriðason, Ólafur Gunnarsson and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir.
Nordic Council Literature Prize
The prize has been awarded since 1962 for a work of imaginative literature written in one of the Nordic languages. This can be a novel, a play, a collection of poetry, short stories or essays that meet high literary and artistic standards. The intention of the prize is also to increase interest in the literature of neighbouring countries as well in Nordic cultural fellowship.
To be taken into consideration works must have been published for the first time during the previous two years, or in the case of a language other than Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, during the last four years.
The Literature Prize is awarded as a rule along with the other Nordic prizes in music, film andat a special ceremony during the Nordic Council’s annual assembly, the Session, in the autumn.
The prize is administered by the secretariat for the Swedish delegation to the Nordic Council which works out of the Swedish Parliament and, like the other prizes, is worth DKK 350 000 (ca 47 000 Euro).
2014 Winner -Kjell Westö
Finnish author Kjell Westö was the 2014 winner of the literature prize. It was his novel Mirage 38 which secured his accolade. Described by the awards council as being declared the winner because of “the evocative prose of which breathes life into a critical moment in Finland’s history – one that has links to the present day.”
The award of 350,000 DKK was presented by the years previous winner Danish-Norwegian author Kim Leine, in Stockholm.
Pia Juul – Avuncular. Onkelagtige tekster
Helle Helle – Hvis det er
The Sami language area
Niillas Holmberg – Amas amas amasmuvvat
Peter Sandström – Transparente Blanche
Hannu Raittila – Terminaali
Sólrún Michelsen – Hinumegin er mars
Niviaq Korneliussen – HOMO sapienne
Jón Kalman Stefánsson – Fiskarnir hafa enga fætur
Þorsteinn frá Hamri – Skessukatlar
Kristine Næss – Bare et menneske
Jon Fosse – Trilogien: Andvake. Olavs draumar. Kveldsvævd
Finn Ståle Felberg
Therese Bohman – Den andra kvinnan
Bruno K. Öijer – Och natten viskade Annabel Lee
Sara Mac Key
Karin Erlandsson – Minkriket
To find out more about these awards, the authors and their books, go to www.norden.org where you can also have a look at some of the other awards which The Nordic Council offer to other Nordic genres.
Norden.org has various prize awards which promote, recognise and reward Nordic talents.
All photos supplied by Norden.org