Jan Kjærstad
Jan Kjærstad is a Norwegian
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 author. Kjærstad is a theology graduate from MF Norwegian School of Theology
MF Norwegian School of Theology
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 and the University of Oslo
University of Oslo
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 (cand. theol.). He has written a string of novels, short stories and essays and was editor of the literary magazine Vinduet
Vinduet (magazine)
Vinduet is a Norwegian literary magazine, founded in 1947 by Harald Grieg and Nic. Stang. The magazine presents fictional texts, articles about various kinds of literature, and book reviews. Owner is the publishing house Gyldendal Norsk Forlag. Four paper editions are issued annually. The...

("The Window"). He has received a number of prizes, the most important being the Nordic Council
Nordic Council
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 Literature Prize, which he received for the perspectivist trilogy about the TV personality Jonas Wergeland (The Seducer, The Conqueror and The Discoverer).

His books have been translated to English, French, German, Danish, Swedish, and Hungarian, among others.

Prizes and recognition

  • 1984 - Mads Wiel Nygaards Endowment
    Mads Wiel Nygaards Endowment
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     (a prize awarded to promising authors in memory of Mads Wiel Nygaard by the publisher Aschehoug
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  • 1984 - Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature for Homo Falsus
  • 1993 - Aschehougprisen (the primary literature prize awarded annually by the publisher Aschehoug
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  • 1998 - Henrik Steffens-prisen (the Henrik Steffens
    Henrik Steffens
    Henrik Steffens , was a Norwegian-born Danish philosopher, scientist, and poet.He was born at Stavanger, Norway. At the age of fourteen he went with his parents to Copenhagen, where he studied theology and natural science...

     literature prize is awarded by the university system in Hamburg
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  • 2000 - Doblougprisen (Awarded by the Swedish Academy
    Swedish Academy
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  • 2001 - Nordic Council's Literature Prize for Oppdageren
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