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NORLA congratulates the winners of the 2016 Literary Critics' Prize

2016 kritikerprisen kollasj
Clockwise from the top left: Vigdis Hjorth, Marit Paasche in front of a tapestry by Hannah Ryggen (photo: Mimsy Møller), Anne Cathrine Straume, Tyra T. Tronstad and Kristin Sørsdal (photo: Trond Solberg).

The winners are:

Best fiction title:

Vigdis Hjorth
Wills and Testaments (original title: Arv og miljø)
(Published by Cappelen Damm)
About the book and read the statement from the jury

Read the Norwegian speech from the prize ceremony here

Best non-fiction title:

Marit Paasche
Hannah Ryggen. En fri (original title)
(Published by Pax forlag)
About the book

More about Hannah Ryggen here

Read the Norwegian speech from the prize ceremony here

Best children and young adult title:

Tyra Teodora Tronstad
The Darkness Comes From Within (original title: Mørket kommer innenfra)
(Published by Aschehoug)
About the book

Read the Norwegian speech from the prize ceremony here

Literary critic of the year:

Anne Cathrine Straume

Her reviews (in Norwegian) may be found at the NRK – Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation – website

Read the Norwegian speech from the prize ceremony here

Best translation:

Kristin Sørsdal
For the translation from the Italian of Historia om det tapte barnet by Elena Ferrante (published by Samlaget).

Read the Norwegian speech from the prize ceremony here

About the prizes

The Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature (Den norske Kritikerprisen for litteratur or Kritikerprisen) is awarded by the Norwegian Literature Critics’ Association (Norsk Litteraturkritikerlag) and has been awarded every year since 1950. The prize is presented to a Norwegian author for a literary work as agreed to among the members of the Norwegian Literature Critics’ Association. Since 1978 the Norwegian Literature Critics’ Association has also awarded a prize for the best work of children’s literature. In 2003 the Critics Prize for the year’s best work of translation was established, and in 2012 the Critics Prize for the year’s best work of nonfiction for adults was established. 

Read more about the Norwegian literary critics’ prizes and previous winners

Updated info (in Norwegian only) here