Thorkild Hansen (9 January 1927 – 4 February 1989) was a Danish novelist known for his Slave Trilogy. He also did works concerning Knut Hamsun and travel writing. In 1971 he won the Nordic Council's Literature Prize. He is known as one of the best and most read novelists in Danish literature and had it not been for his premature death he surely would have received many more accolades than bestowed upon him during his lifetime.
Selected works 
- Arabia Felix: The Danish Expedition of 1761-1767 (Det lykkelige Arabien, 1962)
- Coast of Slaves (Slavernes kyst, 1967)
- Ships of Slaves (Slavernes skibe, 1968)
- The Way to Hudson Bay: The Life and Times of Jens Munk (Jens Munk, 1969)
- Islands of Slaves (Slavernes øer, 1970)
- Processen mod Hamsun, 1978 (apparently never translated into English) The 1996 movie adaptation had Max von Sydow in the title role.
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