Gunnar Larsen

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Gunnar Larsen
Born Gunnar Otterbech Larsen
Died 1958
Occupation Editor in Chief
Employer Dagbladet
Known for Journalist and Novelist

Gunnar Otterbech Larsen (5 February 1900 in Oslo – 5 November 1958) was a Norwegian journalist, writer, and translator.

He worked in the newspaper Dagbladet from 1923 to 1958, where he was news editor from 1930 and became editor-in-chief with Helge Seip in 1954.[1]

His first novel, I sommer, was published in 1932. It was followed by To mistenkelige personer (1933), a crime novel based on actual events that took place in 1926. To mistenkelige personer was praised by many critics, including Sigurd Hoel.[2] Both I sommer and To mistenkelige personer were inspired by Ernest Hemingway's writings.[2]

Larsen's third novel, Week-end i evigheten (1934), was much more experimental.[1] His later novels were Bull (1938) and Sneen som falt i fjor (1948). His poetry has been published in the books Dikt (1959) and En avismanns samlede poesi (2000).

A film version of To mistenkelige personer was directed by Tancred Ibsen in 1950, but showing the film in public was forbidden in the Supreme Court of Norway in 1952, in order to protect one of the persons whose story it was based on. In 2007, the film was allowed to be shown in public again.[3]



  1. ^ a b "Larsen, Gunnar Otterbech". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). 9. Kunnskapsforlaget. 2006. p. 363. 
  2. ^ a b (in Norwegian) Haagen Ringnes: "Den boken skulle jeg gjerne ha skrevet!". Article in 1983 edition of To mistenkelige personer by Gunnar Larsen (Gyldendal Norsk Forlag).
  3. ^ "Forbudt film frigjøres for offentligheten: To mistenkelige personer". Norsk Filminstitutt (in Norwegian). 29 January 2007. Archived from the original on 8 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-19.