Klaus Rifbjerg

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Klaus Rifbjerg signing his new book, Rod, at the annual Danish book fair, BogForum 2008, in Forum Copenhagen.

Klaus Rifbjerg (born 15 December 1931) is a Danish writer. He has written more than 170 novels, books and essays.[1] In 1965 he co-produced the film 4x4 and it was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]


Rifbjerg was born in Copenhagen and grew up on the island of Amager, a part of the city, the child of two teachers. Later he studied English and literature, in Copenhagen and for a year in the United States at Princeton University.

His breakthrough was in 1958 with the novel Den kroniske Uskyld. It was made into a film in 1985, directed by Edward Fleming. Since then he has published more than 100 novels as well as poetry and short story collections, plays, TV and radio plays, film scripts, children's books, and diaries.

Rifbjerg is also known as a journalist and critic. Along with Villy Sørensen, he was editor of the publication Vindrosen, and from 1984 to 1991 he was the literary director of Gyldendal.

Among other honors, he was awarded the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize (1999), known as the 'little Nobel'[citation needed]; The Nordic Council's Literature Prize (1970), the Rungstedlund Award (2009) and the grand prize of the Danish Academy (1966).

He has been seen as the first true modernist author in Danish, being increasingly more experimental though the 1960s, culminating with "Anna (jeg) Anna". Much of the works from 1970 and some twenty five years on is looser in scope and composition, often humorous or sarcastic, often leaving the protagonist chaotically alone with his or her existential and psychological hangups, subtly exemplifying modernism as the breakdown of the normality of the bourgeoisie. A principal theme is the portrayal of children and their difficulties establishing their own identity. The works in the 2000s opens a new line of inspiration: Historic events.


  • Under vejr med mig selv (1956)
  • Efterkrig (1957)
  • Den kroniske uskyld (1958)
  • Konfrontation (1960)
  • Og andre historier (1964)
  • Operaelskeren (1966)
  • Lonni og Karl (1968)
  • Anna (jeg) Anna (1969)
  • Lena Jørgensen Klintevej 4 2650 Hvidovre (1971)
  • Tak for turen (1975)
  • De hellige aber (1981); English translation Witness to the Future by Steven T. Murray (1987)
  • Falsk forår (1984)
  • Tukuma (1984)
  • Krigen (1991); English translation War by Steven T. Murray & Tiina Nunnally (1995)
  • Nansen og Johansen (2002)
  • Knastørre digte/Strohtrockene Gedichte (2009)


  1. ^ Afterbeat. En samtale med Klaus Rifbjerg, Henrik Juul Jensen, 1996, ISBN 87-16-14257-8
  2. ^ "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 

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