Erik Fosnes Hansen
Erik Fosnes Hansen is a Norwegian
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He was born in New York
New York
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, and made his debut at age twenty with the novel Falketårnet. His most famous work is his second novel, Psalm at Journey's End, which in separate but steadily more interwoven stories follows the individual musicians that end their careers and lives at Titanic. The book has been translated into more than twenty languages. A follow-up of Beretninger om beskyttelse (Tales of Protection) has been announced but is not yet completed.

Fosnes Hansen has also published poetry, and is a frequent contributor to contemporary public cultural debate.

He is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature
Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature
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. Fosnes Hansen was awarded the Riksmål Society Literature Prize
Riksmål Society Literature Prize
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 in 1990.

He gained attention in the Norwegian press after throwing a piece of paper at a representative of the Progress Party
Progress Party (Norway)
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 during a heated debate on the radio station NRK P2
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