Foreign authors 2009
Kader Abdolah, (c) Joyce Van Belkom Kader Abdolah (1954) is the nom de plume of the Iranian born author Hossein Sadjadi Ghaemmaghami whose childhood dream was of becoming a writer like both of his grandfathers. Abolah has been living in the Netherlands since 1988 and has written thirteen novels in Dutch and had previously published two while still living in Iran. Abdolah´s works have been translated in several languages, including Icelandic.


Naja Marie Aidt, (c) Morten Holtum Naja Marie Aidt (1963) is a Danish poet, novelist and short-story writer who was awarded the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2008 for her short story collection Baboon. She published her first book, a collection of poetry called As Long as I’m Young, in 1993 and has since written books for children, poetry, short-stories, plays and film scripts. Aidt currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Tariq Ali (1943) is a novelist, filmmaker and political campaigner. He was born in Lahore, which was a part of India but later became a part of Pakistan, but has been living in England for decades. Ali is a columnist for The Guardian and a regular commentator for BBC. Ali´s work include historical noves, set in the Islamic world, but he has also published critical analysis of current events. In his book, Bush in Babylon (2003), Ali uses both poetry and essays to describe the cause and effect of the war in Iraq.


Jesse Ball Jesse Ball (1978) is an American poet and novelist whose star has been rising during the last couple of years. His poems have been published in magazines but he has also published books of poetry. The book Vera & Linus from 2006 was a project he worked on with his wife, poet Thordis Bjornsdottir. The pictures in the book are Ball´s but he and Bjornsdottir wrote the poems together. Jesse Ball latest works include the novels Samedi is Deafness (2007) and The Way Through the Door (2009).


Junot Diaz Junot Diaz (1968) is originally from the Dominican Republic but moved to the U.S.A. as a young boy where he has lived since. Diaz became publicly recognized for his short-story collection Drown (1996) and was awarded the Pulitzer prize in 2008 for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) which also has been listed as one of the best novel of 2007. The New Yorker has listed Diaz as one of the greatest authors of the 21st century.


Assia Djebar (1936) is the nom de plume of the Algerian-born writer, scholar and award-winning film maker Fatima-Zohra Imalayen. Djebar, who is considered to be one North-Africas most influential writers, made her debut in 1957 with the novel La Soif. Her works often deal with the obstacles faced by women and the influence of war, especially on the lives of women. Currently, Djebar is currently a professor of Francophone literature at the University of New York and a member of the prestigious Académie Francaise.


Johan Harstad (1979) is a Norwegian novelist, short-story writer and playwright. His first book was a collection of short prose and was published in 2001. In 2005, Harstad published the novel Buzz Aldrin, hvor ble det av deg i alt mylderet? (Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You in All The Confusion?) which has been translated to several languages, including French and German. Harstad´s novel, Hässelby, from 2007 has also been praised by critics and readers. Harstad currently holds a one year position as a playwright at The National Theater of Norway in Oslo.


Gintaras Grajauskas

Gintaras Grajauskas (1964) is a Lithuanian novelist, short-story writer and poet. He also plays bass guitar and sings in a popular rock band called Rokfeleriai. Grajauskas published his first book in 1993, the prize-winning poetry collection Tattoo. Grajauskas´ works often seem to tell stories of the mundane but underneath, the reader comes across unexpected irony which describes a whole new reality in the text.

 

 

Bergtóra Hanusardóttir (1946) is a Faroese writer and poet. She has also been an active member in the women´s movement for equal rights and participated in U.N. conferences on the matter. She first published poetry in a magazine and has been publishing short-stories, poetry and plays ever since. Her latest work is the novel Burtur (2008). The works of Bergtóra Hanusardóttir have been translated to Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and German.


Benn Q. Holm, (c) Thomas A Benn Q. Holm (1962) decided to become an author at an early age. He studied comparative literature at the University of Copenhagen and has published essays and articles in newspapers and magazines. Holm received critical acclaim for his book Hafnia Punk, published in 1998, which describes the lives of people in Copenhagen in a realistic manner. Holm has also written books for children and published essays on soccer. Some of Holm´s works have been adapted for television.


Jóenes Nielsen, (c) Alan Brockie Jóannes Nielsen (1953) is one of the most popular contemporary Faroese authors and his work include collections of poems, essays, plays and novels. Nielsen has four times been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. His novel, Glansbílćtasamlararnir (2005), became a bestseller in the Faroe Islands.


Luis López Nieves Luis López Nieves (1950) comes from Puerto Rico and is considered to be one of the most original authors in his homeland. He has twiced been awarded the National Literature prize in Puerto Rico, first for his collection of historical short stories The True Death of Juan Ponce de Léon in 2000 and second for his novel Voltaire’s Heart in 2005 which was recently published in Icelandic translation.
Sofi Oksanen, (c) Tony Harkönen Sofi Oksanen (1977) is a Finnish born author of Estonian heritage whose novel Purge (2008) has been very well received among critics and readers. Oksanen was awarded two prestigious book awards in Finland for it and the book ranked number one on best sellers lists in 2008. Oksanen´s use of the language is considered to be unique and she charms her readers with her outstanding narrative on a difficult subject.


Anne B. Ragde (1957) is a Norwegian author who made her debut in 1986 with a children´s book and her first novel was published in 1990. Ragde writes books for all ages and has received multiple prizes for her works. Ragde´s novel, Berlin Poplars, which is the first of three in a trilogy about the dysfunctional Newhov-family, was published to general acclaim and has been translated to several languages, including Icelandic.


David Sedaris, (c) Anne Fishbein David Sedaris (1956) is an American writer and comedian who has been nominated for the Grammy Awards. He published his first short-stories and essays in Barrel Fever in 1994 and has since published five collections of essays that all have become bestsellers. David Sedaris´ writings are allegedly autobiographical and in them he writes about his upbringing, his friends and family and current life.


Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Ngugi Wa Thiong´o (1938) is an influential Kenyan writer and scholar who has during the last decades been living in the U.S.A. His first books were written in English but later he started using his native tongue, Gikuyu. Wa Thiong´o´s use of the mother tongue is his way to sculpt the identity of his nation in a post-colonial era. Wa Thiong´o was imprisoned in Kenya and went on a self-imposed exile after he got out.

 

 

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