Norwegian wins Nordic Council’s Literature Prize

REYKJAVIK Norwegian author Merethe Lindstrøm recieved the Nordic Council Literature Prize for her novel “Days in the History of Silence” on Friday, during the Nordic Council’s summit in Reykjavik.

By: Axel Kronholm

Merethe Lindstrøm recieves the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Photo: Johannes Jansson (

The announcement was made a day before the intergovernmental Nordic Council gathered in Reykjavik on March 23 for its first annual theme session, to discuss issues relating to development in the Arctic.

The motivation read: “In a gentle, precise and thoughtful prose Lindstrøm relates how a dramatic past slowly breaks into an elderly woman’s life and consciousness.”

Lindstrøm has been nominated for the prize before, last time in 2008 for her collection of short stories titled “Gjestene”.

In total, 14 Nordic authors from the Nordic countries, including Greenland, the Aland and Faroe Islands, as well as the Sami Language Area, were nominated for this year’s prize, worth 350,000 DKK.

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