Johan Borgen
Johan Collett Müller Borgen (28 April 1902, Kristiania
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 – 16 October 1979) was a Norwegian
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 author, journalist and critic. He was married to Annemarta Borgen. Under the pseudonym of Mumle Gåsegg (Mumble Goose-egg) he wrote shorter articles in the newspaper Dagbladet
Dagbladet is Norway's second largest tabloid newspaper, and the third largest newspaper overall with a circulation of 105,255 copies in 2009, 18,128 papers less than in 2008. The editor in chief is Lars Helle....

, particularly during World War II
World War II
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. His articles were ironic and derogatory of the Nazi
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 government, and he kept this up for a long time before being found out. In the end though, he was caught and sent to the prison camp Grini. His best known work is the novel Lillelord (1955). Borgen was editor of the literary magazine Vinduet
Vinduet (magazine)
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("The Window") 1954-1959.


  • 1945 Gyldendal's Endowment
    Gyldendal's Endowment
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  • 1955 Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature
  • 1965 Dobloug Prize
    Dobloug Prize
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  • 1965 Bokhandlerprisen for Lillelord
  • 1967 Nordic Council's Literature Prize
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