The goal of Nordisk Books is to bring a variety of modern and contemporary Nordic literature to an English speaking audience. The Scandinavian peninsular - not to forget the islands of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands - have had something of a golden era of crime writing in recent years. However, there is far more to our Northern neighbours' literary output than that, to which the works of our immensely talented, select band of authors bear testament. We're proud to introduce you to them below.
Tom Kristensen (DK, 1893 - 1974)
Over a 50 year career, Kristensen achieved both critical and popular success as a poet, critic and author. Releasing his first collection of poetry in 1920, he was known as the 'poet of anxiety,' and indeed, one of his best known works is the poem 'Angst', part of which features in his 1930 novel, Havoc.
Something of a scandal upon its release, the book is today considered a masterpiece of European modernism.
Born in London, but growing up in the working class milieu of Copenhagen, Kristensen travelled in the Orient and Spain. He worked in Copenhagen, as literary critic at the newspaper Politiken, from 1923. However, upon the death of his third wife (of five) from a combination of alcohol and pills, he left the city in the 1940s to settle on the island of Thurø, where he lived until his own death in 1974.
Kristensen is one of the most respected and loved members of the Danish literary canon. It is with great pleasure and pride that Nordisk Books has published Havoc for the first time in the UK.
Gine Cornelia Pedersen
(NO, 1986 -)
Pedersen is mainly known in her native Norway for her role as Nenne in the wildly succesful TV show, now airing in the UK on Walter Presents, Young and Promising. However, she is every bit as gifted on paper as on the screen, having won the Tarjei Vesaas Debut Award for her first book, Zero. Receiving equally glowing reviews for her sophomore work, 'Kjærlighetshistorie - eller Utenom og hjem eller Et epos', there is an exciting future ahead both for Pedersen and for us as readers.
Pedersen lives in Oslo.
(SE, 1953 -)
Some individuals achieve so much in a lifetime, that it is hard to know where to start. Currently Professor of Scandinavian Literature at the University of Helsinki, Witt-Brattström has written on her personal experience of the 1970s feminist movement, Grupp 8 and was one of the founding members of the 'Feminist Initiative' party. Her debut novel,
Love/War, will be available from Nordisk Books this Autumn.
Born in Stockholm to a German father and Estonian mother who had sought refuge in Sweden during the war, Witt-Brattström has won numerous awards, for journalism and criticism. She was Swedish newspaper, Expressen's, runner up in their 'Women of the Year 2017' survey. Zara Larsson took the top spot, since you're asking.
(NO, 1973 -)
Hiorthøy's recent cinematic directorial debut, The Rules For Everything, was in many ways an excellent introduction to the work of this Norwegian multi-talent. Featuring a bilingual script (which he co-wrote), a wonderfully surreal ambience and beautiful cinematography, all set to a score also by Hiorthøy, it draws the viewer into his world for 90 minutes.
After attending the fine arts school in his hometown of Trondheim, Hiorthøy did stints in both Copenhagen and New York. He has worked in the fields of music, producing a number of electronic albums; visual arts, notably designing award winning cover sleeves for Motorpsycho; choreography, film and of course, he has written and illustrated the book You can't betray your best friend and learn to sing at the same time.
Hiorthøy lives in Oslo.