Hanne Ørstavik

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Hanne Ørstavik
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Born (1969-11-28) 28 November 1969 (age 53)
Tana, Norway
OccupationAuthor, novelist
Notable awardsDobloug Prize (2002)
Brage Prize (2004)
Aschehoug Prize (2007)

Hanne Ørstavik (born 28 November 1969) is a Norwegian writer. She was born in Tana in Finnmark province in the far north of Norway, and moved to Oslo at the age of 16. With the publication of the novel Hakk (Cut) in 1994, Ørstavik embarked her writing career. Her literary breakthrough came three years later with the publication of Kjærlighet (Love), which in 2006 was voted the 6th best Norwegian book of the last 25 years in a poll published by Dagbladet.[1] Since then she has written several novels and received a number of literary prizes.

In 2002, she was awarded the Dobloug Prize for her literary works,[2] and in 2004, the Brage Prize for the novel Presten.[3]

Ørstavik’s books have been translated into 15 languages.

Translations in English[edit]

In 2014 Peirene Press published the first ever English translation of one of her novels - The Blue Room - as part of their Coming of Age series.[4]

In 2018 Archipelago Books published Kjærlighet (1997) as Love, translated by Martin Aiken. Her first novel to be published in the United States, Love was shortlisted for the National Book Awards in the category Translated Literature[5] and won the 2019 PEN Translation Prize.[6] Love was published in the UK by And Other Stories in 2019.

Martin Aiken also translated Ørstavik's 2004 novel Presten, which was subsequently published by Archipelago Books in 2021 as The Pastor. Preston won the 2004 Brage Prize for adult fiction.[7]


  • 1994: Hakk (novel)
  • 1995: Entropi (novel)
  • 1997: Kjærlighet (novel)
    • Love, translated by Martin Aitken (Archipelago Books, USA, 2018) ISBN 9780914671947, (And Other Stories, UK, 2019)
  • 1999: Like sant som jeg er virkelig (novel)
  • 2000: Tiden det tar (novel)
  • 2002: Uke 43 (novel)
  • 2004: Presten (novel)
  • 2006: Kallet - romanen (novel)
  • 2007: I morgen skal det være åpent for alle (text)
  • 2008: Der alt er klart (text and images, in collaboration with the French artist Pierre Duba)
  • 2009: 48 rue Defacqz (novel)
  • 2011: Hyenene (novel)
  • 2013: Det finnes en stor åpen plass i Bordeaux (novel)
  • 2014: På terrassen i mørket (novel)
  • 2020: Ti amo (novel)



  1. ^ Per Thomas Andersen (15 December 2006). "Derfor er Kjell Askildsen nummer én" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  2. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Hanne Ørstavik". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Brage – Den norske Bokprisen. Nominerte bøker 2004". brageprisen.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Peirene title no. 14: The Blue Room". peirenepress.com. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ "2018 National Book Award Finalists Announced". publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ "The 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Winners". PEN America. 2019-02-26. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  7. ^ "2004 Brage Prize". Brageprisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  8. ^ "The 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Winners". PEN America. 2019-02-26. Retrieved 2019-03-02.

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