She was born in Vesterålen and worked as a teacher in northern Norway until beginning her career as an author. Her first published work was a collection of poems, "Vingeslag" ("Beating of Wings"). Her major breakthrough was her first novel, "Huset med den blinde glassveranda" ("The House with the Blind Glass Porch") in 1981.
- Vingeslag (poetry, 1976)
- Flotid (poetry, 1977)
- Huset med den blinde glassveranda (novel - Volume I of the Tora trilogy, 1981 - published in English as The House with the Blind Glass Windows)
- Det stumme rommet (novel - Volume II of the Tora trilogy, 1983)
- Juni-vinter (play, 1983)
- Veien å gå (documentary novel, 1984)
- Mellomlanding (play, 1985)
- Hudløs himmel (novel - Volume III of the Tora trilogy, 1986)
- Dinas bok (novel - Volume I of the Dina trilogy, 1989 - published in English translation as Dina's Book)
- Lite grønt bilde i stor blå ramme (poetry, 1991)
- Lykkens sønn (novel - Volume II of the Dina trilogy, 1992 - published in English translation as Dina's Son)
- Reiser - fire fortellinger (1995)
- Hemmelig torsdag i treet (childrensbook, 1996)
- Karnas arv (novel - - Volume III of the Dina trilogy, 1997)
- Det sjuende møte (novel, 2000)
- Flukten fra Frank (novel, 2003)
- Et glass melk takk (novel, 2006)
- Kritikerprisen 1981, for Huset med den blinde glassveranda
- Bokhandlerprisen 1983, for Det stumme rommet
- Nordland fylkes kulturpris 1986
- The Nordic Council's Literature Prize (Nordisk Råds litteraturpris) 1987, for Hudløs himmel
- Gyldendal's Endowment 1991
- Amalie Skram-prisen 1997
- Prix Jean Monnét 1998 (France)
References and notes
- "Herbjørg Wassmo" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- Herbjørg Wassmo (translated by R. Lloyd & A. Simpson) (1987). The House with the Blind Glass Windows. Seal Press, Seattle, Washington. ISBN 1-878067-59-1.
- Herbjørg Wassmo - translated by Nadia Christensen (1996). Dina's Book. Arcade Publishing, Incorporated. ISBN 1559703482.
- Herbjørg Wassmo - translated by Nadia Christensen (2001). Dina's Son. Black Swan Publishing. ISBN 0552998257.
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