Liv Køltzow

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Liv Køltzow
Liv Køltzow - 20.6.1980 - Leif Ørnelund - Oslo Museum - OB.Ø80 1934a.jpg
Liv Køltzow in 1980
Born (1945-01-14) 14 January 1945 (age 73)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Novelist
Notable work Hvem bestemmer over Bjørg og Unni? (1972)
Awards Mads Wiel Nygaard's Endowment
Gyldendal's Endowment
Brage Prize

Liv Køltzow (born 14 January 1945) is a Norwegian novelist, playwright, biographer and essayist.

Personal life[edit]

Køltzow was born in Oslo to Oscar Køltzow and Else Mathisen. She was married to writer Espen Haavardsholm from 1966 to 1973, and to Kjell Heggelund from 1985.[1]


Køltzow published texts in the modernist literary magazine Profil. She was regarded as one of the central Norwegian feminist writers during the 1970s, and the short novel Hvem bestemmer over Bjørg og Unni? (1972) has been called Norway's first pamphlet of the militant and socialist feminism in the 1970s.[2]

Her novel Historien om Eli from 1975 deals with psychological aspects of individuals.[1] The novel was also translated into Swedish and Danish language.[3] Further books are the novel Løp, mann from 1980, two stories in the collection April/November (1983), and the novel Hvem har ditt ansikt? from 1988.[1]

She received Gyldendal's Endowment in 1988, and was the first winner of the Amalie Skram Prize, in 1994. The novel Hvem har ditt ansikt was nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 1989, but did not win the prize. She was awarded the Brage Prize in 1997 for the novel Verden forsvinner.[1][4]

In 2002 she published the novel Det avbrutte bildet, and in 2004 the essay collection Essays 1975–2004.[3] She has also written two biographical volumes on Amalie Skram, published in 1992 and 1996.[1] She was awarded the Gyldendal Prize in 2015.[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Øyet i treet - (1970)
  • Hvem bestemmer over Bjørg og Unni? - (1972)
  • Historien om Eli - (1975)
  • Løp, mann - (1980)
  • April/November - (1983)
  • Hvem har ditt ansikt - (1988)
  • Den unge Amalie Skram - biography (1992)
  • Verden forsvinner - (1997)
  • Det avbrutte bildet - (2002)



  1. ^ a b c d e Brekke, Toril. "Liv Køltzow". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Dahl, Willy (1989). Norges Litteratur. III:Tid og tekst 1935–1972 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 376pp. ISBN 82-03-16004-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Liv Køltzow". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Tidligere vinnere av Brageprisen" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-10-14.