Receives the Brage Prize

Author and playwright Jon Fosse has lived in the state’s honorary residence for deserving artists, Grotten, since 2011. He has for several years been among the hottest candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature and received Brage’s honorary prize in 2005. When he received the prize for fiction on Thursday night, however, it was the first time he received the Brage Prize for a particular work.

“A New Name” is described as “a powerful end to a towering work of fiction.”

– The book functions as a stand-alone novel, but can still not be considered detached. The story of Asle, Jon Fosse’s masterpiece, is thus complete, it is stated in the jury’s reasoning.

Fosse was also nominated for the Brage Prize in 1992 (prose), 1994 (children’s and young people’s literature), 1995 (prose), 1996 (fiction) and 2007 (fiction).

Honorary award

The honorary award went to Liv Køltzow during Thursday’s presentation of the Brage Prize 2021.

– The honorary prize winner, who must also be able to be characterized as strong-willed and headstrong, has in book after book shown great linguistic awareness and psychological insight. The authorship represents distinctive contributions to Norwegian literature and has an obvious place in Norwegian literary history, the jury said before it was announced that Liv Køltzow had just received Brage’s honorary award 2021.

HONOR AWARD: Køltzow received the honorary award Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

The 76-year-old belonged to the circle around the literary magazine Profil in the 1960s. She made her debut in 1970 with the collection of short stories «The Eye in the Tree». In 1972 came her first novel, “Who decides over Bjørg and Unni?”.

In 1992 she reached a wide audience with the biography “The young Amalie Skram”, and in 1997 she received the Brage Prize for the novel “The world disappears”. She has been a diligent diary writer for all these years. A selection of the diary notes was published this year, described by reviewers as “a gem for anyone interested in the relationship between art and life”.

This year’s honorary award winner has said that reading a novel is a relatively simple act, while explaining what you have read is actually difficult. It is also difficult to briefly reproduce the authorship of the honorary prize winner, and that is because there are so many entrances to it. The author himself has stated that there are two recurring themes, and that is time and consciousness.

Brage’s honorary prize is awarded to a person or institution who, by virtue of his work as a writer, translator or in another role, has contributed to increasing the spread of or understanding of literature, or to raising the quality of Norwegian writing culture.

Book about Utøya

Mariangela Di Fiore and Cathrine Trønnes Lie receive the Brage Prize in open class for the book «Sisters. My story after Utøya », a textbook for children and young people.

The winner was one of two works related to the terrorist attack on Utøya, which this year was nominated for an award. The starting point for the book is Cathrine Trønnes Lie’s story from when she was on Utøya with her sister Elisabeth. Both sisters were shot, but only Cathrine survived. Mariangela Di Fiore has been following her since 2012.

OPEN CLASS: Di Fiore and Trønnes received the Brage Prize in open class Photo: Annika Byrde / NRK

OPEN CLASS: Di Fiore and Trønnes received the Brage Prize in open class Photo: Annika Byrde / NRK

– Through selected scenes, unity and closeness, fear, chaos and fear are emphasized, and not least the grief, the loss and all the difficult thoughts of the time, the jury writes in its reasoning.

The jury praises the book for creating space for readers’ own thoughts and reflections.

– Even though this is Cathrine’s story, it concerns us all.

Author debut

With his author debut, «Echo. An essay on algorithms about desire », won Lena Lindgren Brage Prize for best non-fiction book.

Lindgren is a daily political commentator in Morgenbladet. “Echo. An essay on algorithms and desires »is her first book. The jury describes it as “a particularly impressive attempt to make a contemporary diagnosis”. Lindgren is praised for delivering “an important and well-written book” about the technology that creates potentially dangerous echo chambers.

NATIONAL PROSE: Lindgren received the Brage Prize in non-fiction Photo: Annika Byrde

NATIONAL PROSE: Lindgren received the Brage Prize in non-fiction Photo: Annika Byrde

– It was time for someone to do this, and Lena Lindgren has done it brilliantly, the jury writes in the justification.

– We compare, imitate, press ‘like’ on things like ‘trends’, and as we click on a track, the algorithms feed us with more of the same.

Stories from refugee reception centers

Author Erlend Skjetne receives the Brage Prize for the children’s and youth book “Another Look”, from a refugee reception center for minor asylum seekers in Afghanistan.

The Brage Prize winner tells the story in the words of young Anwar. He and the boys at the reception in Afghanistan dread turning 18 years old. They are excited about whether they will get a residence permit in Norway and what awaits.

WINNER: Skjeltne receives prize for children's and youth book Photo: Annika Byrde

WINNER: Skjeltne receives prize for children’s and youth book Photo: Annika Byrde

– Erlend Skjetne uses a playful Nynorsk to bring out the differences between Norwegian standard expressions and Norwegian for an observant, foreign-language ear. He gives the reader insight into a situation that we do not hear much about, and which is difficult to understand. In this way, Skjetne manages to give a voice to those who want to become Norwegian, but can not. Some people never get the chance to try, the jury writes in its reasoning.

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