News from NORLA

Christmas greetings from NORLA and the Frankfurt team

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What does literature do for its readers? Good literature opens both hearts and doors. To quote Olav H. Hauges most famous poem, It is that dream: “that one morning we’ll glide into a cove we didn’t know.” We dream of something similar for Norwegian literature. Through our project – Norway as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 – we want Norwegian literature to open hearts and doors for its foreign readers.

Each Guest of Honour country choose a slogan for their project, and we have taken ours from literature. It puts great demands on us, but at the same time we hope it will generate a thirst for reading abroad, and a curiousness for what Norway, Norwegian culture – and its literature – can offer. Our slogan is derived from the same Olav H. Hauge poem cited above, and in English it reads: "Norway – The Dream We Carry.” Hauge’s poem will be included, fully translated, wherever there is an opportunity.

2017 has been an eventful year for NORLA: We have taken on new employees, as the Frankfurt team has come together; held major translation seminars; invited more than 60 international publishers to Norway; participated in book fairs all over the world; supported more translations than ever; prepared a comprehensive cultural program in Germany; and not least, we have opened a new website presenting Norwegian books in English, and featuring all our excellent translators. Books from Norway now features close to 1000 titles and is constantly expanding.

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Photo: Eivind Røhne

So for your valued cooperation, we would like to thank our partners; among translators, publishers, agents, authors, cultural institutions and art organisations. This is just the beginning, it is an exciting year we have ahead of us. And so we say:

Merry Christmas – here’s to 2018!

Margit Walsø and Halldór Guðmundsson

Books from Norway provides you with information in English about Norwegian literature in all genres. The information is provided by rightsholders and NORLA.