Per Petterson awarded the 2009 Nordic Council Literature Prize

by Peter

per-pettersonNorwegian author Per Petterson was Friday named as the winner of the 2009 Nordic Council Literature Prize, worth 350,000 kroner (63,000 dollars). Per Petterson was awarded the prize for his novel Jeg forbanner tidens elv (roughly , I Curse The River of Time). Scandinavian, and especially Norwegian newspapers, reported this as a much deserved winner of the 2009 prize. It was a little surprising that when the jury called Per Petterson to congratulate, they actually made a mistake and called another Norwegian with the same name.

Petterson, born in 1952, made his debut with a collection of short stories in 1987. A trained librarian, he has written five novels including Out Stealing Horses (which won the Dublin Prize in 2007), In the Wake, and To Siberia.

It conveys in “poetic and quiet language … just how difficult it is to say to each other those things we feel are the most important,” the jury said. Another great recognition to Per Petterson for his poetic and quiet writing style.

The Nordic Council Literature Prize has been awarded since 1962, 10 years after the Nordic Council was formed.

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