Thorvald Steen

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Thorvald Steen
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Born (1954-01-09) January 9, 1954 (age 61)
Occupation Author, novelist
Nationality Norwegian
Genre Fiction

Thorvald Steen (born 9 January 1954) is a Norwegian writer and government scholar.

He made his literary debut in 1983, and has subsequently published a wide range of novels, plays, collections of poems, books of short stories, children’s books and essays. He has distinguished himself as one of Norway’s leading internationally oriented writers. His Norwegian breakthrough came in 1992 with a cycle of poems, Ilden (The Fire) and shortly afterward he achieved international recognition with his creative historical novels Don Carlos (1993), Giovanni (1995), Constantinople (1999), The Little Horse (2002), Camel Clouds (2004) and Lionheart (2010). In 2006 Steen wrote the coming-of-age novel The Weight of Snow Crystals, which was followed in 2008 with the freestanding sequel The Longest Leap.

Steen’s work is translated into more than 20 languages and he has received several literary prizes, both at home and abroad. In 1993 he received Gyldendals legat (Gyldendal's Endowment). The Belgian newspaper Le Soir declared Don Carlos one of the five best novels translated into French in 1996. The newspaper Clarin in Argentina chose Steen as “Best new writer” for Don Carlos the same year. In 2001 he received the Norwegian Dobloug Prize for his entire work. The novel Camel Clouds was elected novel of the year by the Turkish newspaper Bir Gun in 2006 and won the Slovak Jan Holly Award in 2007. In 2006 Steen received the Comenius Medal from the University of Bratislava for his historical novels, and in 2010 he received the Thomsen Prize.

Steen was the chairman of The Norwegian Authors' Union (1991–97) and he has been an honorary member of the union since 1997. He has also been Chairman of the Board in Norla (Norwegian Literature Abroad) since 1997 and a member of the Board of PEN since 2003. In 2004 he received a Governmental Stipend from the Norwegian Minister of Culture.


  • Løvehjerte (novel) 2010
  • Ørkenstormer (play) 2010
  • Det lengste svevet (novel) 2008
  • Historier om Istanbul (essay) 2008
  • Vekten av snøkrystaller (novel) 2006
  • Asylet. Gaustad sykehus 150 år (anniversary book) 2005 (ed.)
  • Kamelskyer (novel) 2004]
  • Fra Reykholt til Bosporus (travel notes) 2003
  • Da pinnsvinet gjorde reven en tjeneste (children's book) 2002
  • Den lille hesten (novel) 2002
  • Luftskipet (short stories) 2000
  • Konstantinopel (novel) 1999
  • De tålmodige (play) 1997
  • Kongen av Sahara (novel) 1997
  • Jungel (essays) 1996
  • En fallskjerm til folket (essay) 1995
  • Giovanni (novel) 1995
  • Frosken og sjiraffen og stillheten (children's book) 1995
  • Frosken og sjiraffen (children's book) 1993
  • Alexandrias aske (poems by Lars Saabye Christensen, Gro Dahle, Paal-Helge Haugen and Thorvald Steen) 1993
  • Don Carlos (novel) 1993
  • Milli Meter og regnbuen (illustrated book) 1992
  • Ilden (poems) 1992
  • Tungen (novel) 1991
  • Jeg er kanskje en fugl, sa Milli Meter (illustrated book) 1991
  • Milli Meter og delfinene (illustrated book) 1990
  • Månekisten (poems) 1988
  • Neonulvene (poems) 1987
  • Gjerrige fallskjermer (poems) 1985
  • Hemmeligstemplede roser (poems) 1983

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Toril Brekke
Chair of the Norwegian Authors' Union
Succeeded by
Inger Elisabeth Hansen