Dorthe Nors

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Dorthe Nors
Nors at the Göteborg Book Fair, 2015
Nors at the Göteborg Book Fair, 2015
Born (1970-05-20) 20 May 1970 (age 52)
Herning, Denmark
LanguageDanish, English
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, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, and Wild Swims.


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

She made her debut in 2002, 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 it printed her story "The Heron" in 2013. In 2015, her first short story collection Karate Chop was published in English alongside So Much for That Winter, a joint publication of her novellas Minna Needs Rehearsal Space and Days.[1] Her second collection of short stories Wild Swims was published in English in 2021 by Graywolf Press.

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]



  • Soul, Samlerens Forlag 2001 ISBN 87-568-1644-8
  • Stormesteren, Samlerens Forlag 2003 ISBN 87-568-1727-4
  • Ann Lie, 2005 ISBN 87-638-0247-3
  • Minna mangler et øvelokale, Samlerens Forlag 2013 ISBN 978-87-638-2705-8

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The heron 2013 Nors, Dorthe (9 September 2013). "The heron". The New Yorker.
The freezer chest 2015 Nors, Dorthe (25 May 2015). Translated from the Danish by Misha Hockstra. "The freezer chest". The New Yorker. 91 (14): 64–67.


  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 Archived 14 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 14 October 2015
  5. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Dorte Nors at Wikimedia Commons