Tor Obrestad

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Tor Obrestad
Tor Obrestad.jpg
Born(1938-02-12)12 February 1938
, Norway
Died25 January 2020(2020-01-25) (aged 81)
Nærbø, Norway
OccupationNovelist, poet and documentary writer
NationalityNorwegian
Period1966–2020
GenrePoetry, short stories, biography

Tor Obrestad (12 February 1938 – 25 January 2020) was a Norwegian novelist, poet and documentary writer.

Early and personal life[edit]

Obrestad was born in on 12 February 1938.[1] His parents were farmer Jon R. Obrestad and Sophie Riise.[2]

He studied at the teacher's college in Elverum and worked as a schoolteacher, and then studied at the University of Oslo. He eventually became a full-time writer, and was also assigned as journalist for the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.[2] He died on 25 January 2020.[1]

Literary career[edit]

Obrestad made his literary debut in 1966 with two books, the poetry collection Kollisjon and a collection of short stories, Vind,[1] and received Tarjei Vesaas' debutantpris for these two books. He was a member of the so-called Profil generation in 1968, the circle attached to the literary magazine Profil.[3] He wrote biographies on Arne Garborg, Hulda Garborg, Alexander Kielland and Einar Førde.[1]

His novel Sauda! Streik! from 1972 was adapted for a film directed by Oddvar Bull Tuhus in 1975.[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • Kollisjon, poetry, 1966
  • Vind, short stories, 1966
  • Vårt daglige brød, poetry, 1968
  • Marionettar, novel, 1969
  • Den norske løve, poetry, 1970
  • Sauda! Streik!, novel, 1972
  • Sauda og Shanghai, poetry, 1973
  • Stå saman, poetry, 1974
  • Tolken, short stories, 1975
  • Baba Anastasia og andre tekster, short stories, 1976
  • Stå på! Roman om ein arbeidskonflikt, novel, 1976
  • Vinterdikt, poetry, 1979
  • Reisa til bestemor, children's book, 1980
  • Ein gong må du seie adjø, novel, 1981
  • Sjå Jæren, gamle Jæren, short stories, 1982
  • Kamelen i Jomarskogen, children's book, 1985
  • Misteltein, poetry, 1987
  • Seks netter, seks dagar, novel, 1989
  • Arne Garborg, biography, 1991
  • Hulda, biography of Hulda Garborg, 1992
  • Forsøk på å halde fast tida, short stories, 1993
  • Mimosa, myosotis, rosmarin, poetry, 1994
  • Sannhetens pris. Alexander Kielland, biography, 1996
  • Jæren. Eld or blått. Ei samling poesi i ord og bilete, poetry, 1997
  • Bernhards mor. En drøm, novel, 1998
  • Kvinnene i Casablanca og andre historier, short stories, 2002
  • Krokodillen Alexander og navigator emeritus, Reinert i Sjøhusgaten. Ei oppbyggeleg fortelling frå ein liten by, children's book, 2002
  • Einar Førde, biography, 2007

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rottem, Øystein. "Tor Obrestad". In Bolstad, Erik (ed.). Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Rottem, Øystein. "Tor Obrestad". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Obrestad, Tor – Bakgrunn" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2008-10-14.