Dorthe Nors

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Dorthe Nors
Dortha Nors at the Göteborg Book Fair, 2015
Dortha Nors at the Göteborg Book Fair, 2015
Born (1970-05-20) May 20, 1970 (age 48)
Herning, Denmark
LanguageDanish, English
ResidenceJutland, Denmark
Alma materAarhus University
GenreLiterary fiction
Years active2002-present

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Dorthe Nors (born 20 May 1970) is a Danish writer. She is the author of Soul, Karate Chop, and Mirror, Shoulder, Signal.


Nors was born in Herning, Denmark, the youngest of three children. As a child, she enjoyed making up stories that her mother, a teacher and painter, would write down and read back to her. At age eleven, she began writing her own stories, poems, and plays.[1]

In 1999, Nors graduated from Aarhus University with a degree in literature and art history.[2][3]


Before to Nors' literary debut in her own name, she worked as a translator of Swedish crime novels, mostly books by author Johan Theorin.[4]

In 2002 she made her debut with the book Soul, published by Samlerens Forlag.[3] Her English-language following began in 2009 when selections from her short story collection, Karate Chop, were published in English. She became the first Danish writer to have a story published in The New Yorker when they printed her story "The Heron" in 2013. In 2015, her short story collection Karate Chop was published in English alongside So Much for That Winter, a join publication of her novellas Minna Needs Rehearsal Space and Days.[1]

In 2017, she was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize for her novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal.

Personal life[edit]

Nors lived in Copenhagen for several years before moving back to Jutland in 2013.[1]


Short stories and novellas[edit]

  • Hun kommer , Samlerens Forlag 2007
  • Dage , Samlerens Forlag 2010 ISBN 978-87-638-1428-7
  • Minna mangler et øvelokale, Samlerens Forlag 2013 ISBN 978-87-638-2705-8
  • The Heron, The New Yorker, (September 9, 2013).



  1. ^ a b c "Dorthe Nors". Current Biography. 79 (2): 73–78. February 2018.
  2. ^ "Nors, Dorthe — Forfatterweb". Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Dorthe Nors". Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  4. ^ Dorthe Nors har en övningslokal Retrieved 14 October 2015

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Dorte Nors at Wikimedia Commons