Hanne Ørstavik

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Hanne Ørstavik
Hanne Ørstavik.jpg
Born (1969-11-28) 28 November 1969 (age 48)
Tana, Norway
Occupation Author, novelist
Nationality Norwegian
Genre Fiction
Notable awards Dobloug 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. Her parents are Wenche Ørstavik and Gunnar Ørstavik. She has two brothers, Paul Ørstavik and Sakse Ørstavik. She has one daughter, Mari Ørstavik. She has two nieces, Maisie and Helena, and two nephews, Murphy and Thomas. With the publication of the novel Hakk (Cut) in 1994, Ørstavik embarked on a career that would make her one of the most remarkable and admired authors in Norwegian contemporary literature[citation needed] . 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 prestigious contest in Dagbladet. Since then she has written several acclaimed and much discussed novels and received a host of literary prizes.

In 2002, she was awarded the Dobloug Prize for her literary works,[1] and in 2004, the Brage Prize for the novel Presten.[2]

Ørstavik’s books have been translated into 15 languages. In June 2014, Periene Press published the first ever English translation of one of her novels - The Blue Room - as part of their coming of age series.[3]


  • 1994: Hakk (novel)
  • 1995: Entropi (novel)
  • 1997: Kjærlighet (novel)
  • 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)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Hanne Ørstavik". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Brage – Den norske Bokprisen. Nominerte bøker 2004". brageprisen.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Peirene title no. 14: The Blue Room". peirenepress.com. Retrieved 1 April 2017.