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Audur Ava Olafsdottir is the winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2018

One of the Iceland’s most famous author Audur Ava Olafsdottir has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize for 2018.

She was awarded the prize at an award ceremony at the Opera in Oslo on Tuesday evening by Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Crown Prince Haakon and Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) were also present at the ceremony.

Olafsdottir writes in many genres such as novels, drama and poetry. Her worldwide best seller novel “Stiklingen” was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2009. The novel also received several awards both in Iceland, France and Canada. Her books are published in around 20 countries.

Her publisher Pax informs that she teaches art history at the University of Iceland, has taught at the country’s theater college and has been director of the university’s art collections.

The Nordic Council Literature Prize is 350,000 Danish Kroner, which is about 450,000 Norwegian kroner, and is distributed annually to authors who are distinguished by their high artistic quality and strong anchoring in the Nordic culture.

From Norway, “I have not yet seen the world” by Roskva Koritzinsky and “Beginners” by Carl Frode Tiller was nominated. 29-year-old Koritzinsky is the youngest nominated candidate since the 70’s.

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