Klaus Rifbjerg is a Danish
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. He has written more than 170 novels, books and essays.
BiographyRifbjerg was born in Copenhagen
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and grew up on the island of Amager
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, a part of the city, the child of two teachers. Later he studied English and literature, in Copenhagen and for a year in the United States
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at Princeton University
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His breakthrough was in 1958 with the novel Den kroniske Uskyld. It was made into a film in 1985, directed by Edward Fleming. Since then he has published more than 100 novels as well as poetry and short story collections, plays, TV and radio plays, film scripts, children's books, and diaries.
Rifbjerg is also known as a journalist
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. Along with Villy Sørensen
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, he was editor of the publication Vindrosen, and from 1984 to 1991 he was the literary director of Gyldendal
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Among other honors, he was awarded the Nordic Prize of the Swedish Academy
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(1999), The Nordic Council's Literature Prize
The Nordic Council's Literature Prize
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, and the grand prize of the Danish Academy
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He has been seen as the first true modernist author in Danish, being increasingly more experimental though the 1960s, culminating with "Anna (jeg) Anna". Much of the works from 1970 and some twentyfive years on is loser in scope and composition, often humorous or sarcastic, often leaving the protagonist chaotically alone with his og her existential and psychological hangups, suptly exemplifying modernism as the breakdown of the normality of the bourguoisy. A principal theme is the portrayal of children and their difficulties establishing their own identity. The works in the 2000s opens a new line of inspiration: Historic events.
- Under vejr med mig selv (1956)
- Efterkrig (1957)
- Den kroniske uskyld (1958)
- Konfrontation (1960)
- Operaelskeren (1966)
- Lonni og Karl (1968)
- Anna (jeg) Anna (1969)
- Lena Jørgensen Klintevej 4 2650 Hvidovre (1971)
- Tak for turen (1975)
- De hellige aber (1981); English translation Witness to the Future by Steven T. MurraySteven T. MurraySteven T. Murray is an American translator from Swedish, German, Danish, and Norwegian. He has worked under the pseudonyms Reg Keeland and McKinley Burnett when edited into UK English...
- Falsk forår (1984)
- Krigen (1991); English translation War by Steven T. MurraySteven T. MurraySteven T. Murray is an American translator from Swedish, German, Danish, and Norwegian. He has worked under the pseudonyms Reg Keeland and McKinley Burnett when edited into UK English...
& Tiina NunnallyTiina NunnallyTiina Nunnally is an American author and translator.Nunnally was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She was an AFS exchange student to Århus, Denmark in 1969-70. She received her MA in 1976 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a...
- Nansen og Johansen (2002)