Vigdis Hjorth

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Vigdis Hjorth
Hjorth in 2012
Hjorth in 2012
Born (1959-07-19) 19 July 1959 (age 61)
Oslo, Norway
GenreNovels, children's stories, adult stories

Vigdis Hjorth (born 19 July 1959) is a Norwegian novelist. She was long listed for the National book Award.[1]


She grew up in Oslo, and studied philosophy, literature and political science. In 1983, she published her first novel, the children's book Pelle-Ragnar i den gule gården, for which she received Norsk kulturråd's debut award.[2] Her first book for an adult audience was Drama med Hilde (1987). Om bare (2001) is considered her most important novel, and a roman à clef.[3]

Hjorth has mentioned Dag Solstad, Bertold Brecht and Louis-Ferdinand Céline as important literary influences.[4] Hjorth has three children and lives in Asker.[5]

Works in English[edit]

  • A House of Norway, Translated by Charlotte Barslund, Norvik Press 2017. ISBN 9781909408319
  • Will and Testament, Translated by Charlotte Barslund, Verso, 2019. ISBN 9781788733106. [6][7][8][9][10][11]
  • Long Live the Post Horn!, Translated by Charlotte Barslund, Verso 2020. ISBN 9781788733137 [12]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Gjennom skogen (Through the Forest), 1986
  • Med hånden på hjertet (Cross My Heart), 1989
  • Fransk åpning (French Opening), 1992
  • Død sheriff (Dead Sheriff), 1995
  • Ubehaget i kulturen (The Cultural Malaise). Co-author with Arild Linneberg, 1995
  • Takk, ganske bra (Very Nicely, Thank you), 1998
  • En erotisk forfatters bekjennelser (An Erotic Authors Confessions), 1999
  • Hva er det med mor (What's wrong with Mother), 2000
  • Om bare (If only), 2001
  • Fordeler og ulemper ved å være til (The Pros and Cons of Being Alive), 2005
  • Hjulskift (Wheel Change), 2006
  • Tredje person entall, 2008
  • Snakk til meg (Talk to me), 2010
  • Leve posthornet! (Long Live the Post Horn!), 2012
  • Et norsk hus, 2015
  • Arv og miljø (Will and Testaments), 2016
  • Lærerinnens sang, 2018
  • Henrik Falk, 2019
  • Er mor død, 2020


  1. ^ "Vigdis Hjorth". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  2. ^ "Hjorth, Vigdis". Nordic Women's Literature. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  3. ^ Mina Hauge Nærland (2006-09-13). "Den offentlige hevnen". Dagbladet. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  4. ^ Pål Mathiesen (1998-10-17). "Fort Hjorth". Dagbladet. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  5. ^ "Hjorth, Vigdis". Dagbladet. Archived from the original on February 26, 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  6. ^ Rogers, Thomas (2019-10-15). "Writing From Real Life, in All Its Excruciating Detail". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  7. ^ Collins, Lauren. "The Norwegian Novel That Divided a Family and Captivated a Country". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  8. ^ Adams, Tim (2020-01-04). "Vigdis Hjorth: 'I won't talk about my family… I'm in enough trouble'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  9. ^ Hjorth, Hannah Williams interviews Vigdis. "More Norwegian Family Scandal: A Conversation with Vigdis Hjorth". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  10. ^ "Vigdis Hjorth's 'Will and Testament'". The White Review. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  11. ^ "Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth". World Literature Today. 2020-03-12. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  12. ^ "Vigdis Hjorth's 'Long Live the Post Horn!' Breathes Life into Bureaucratic Anxiety". PopMatters. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2020-09-21.

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Preceded by
Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Recipient of the Cappelen Prize
Succeeded by
Kjell Arild Pollestad
Hans-Wilhelm Steinfeld