News from NORLA

News from NORLA

Translator or the Month: Munib Delalić

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NORLA’s Translator of the Month in January is Munib Delalić, whose most recent translation from Norwegian into Croatian is Per Petterson’s novel To Siberia (original title: Til Sibir).
Munib was born in Bosnia-Hercegovina, but he haas lived in Norway since 1993. He is himself a writer, and also translates into Bosnian and Croatian.
He has translated an impressive number of books from Norwegian – no less than 48.

If you read Norwegian you can become better acquainted with Munib here.

See many of Munib’s translations of Norwegian titles available in the National Library of Norway database.

From all of us at NORLA: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Book Year in 2017!

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We would also thank our good friends and contacts for a pleasant collaboration in the past year.

Read our director Margit Walsø’s Seasons Greetings here

NORLA’s offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays as of Friday 23 December. We will open our doors again on Monday 2 January, 2017.

Christmas greetings from Margit Walsø, director of NORLA


2016 has been a very good year for Norwegian literature abroad.

NORLA Appoints Project Leader for the Norwegian Guest of Honour Project at Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

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NORLA, Norwegian Literature Abroad, is starting to implement the project team for the Norwegian Guest of Honour-presentation in 2019.

NORLA’s development programme "New Voices" for new literary talents

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The first group of participants chosen for NORLA’s development programme for new literary talents – “New Voices” – has been decided. The four names are:
Simen Ekern, Sigbjørn Mostue, Roskva Koritzinsky and Nils Henrik Smith.

Translator or the Month: Don Bartlett

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NORLA’s Translator of the Month in December is the brit Don Bartlett, who earlier this autumn was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in rank of Knight, class I for his formidable efforts as a translator of Norwegian literature. Several of the authors whose books Don have translated, often point out that Don’s contribution in many cases has been one of “co-writing” and rendering the book, rather than translating it.

We offer our warmest congratulations to Don on his receiving the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit!

If you read Norwegian you will find our interview and become better acquainted with Don here.

See Don’s translations of Norwegian titles available in the National Library of Norway database.

We also recommend an excellent interview in LA Review of Books.

NORLA offers its warmest congratulations to the winners of the Brage Prize 2016


The winners are:

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Monica Isakstuen
Vær snill med dyrene
(Tiden Norsk Forlag)

Åsne Seierstad
To søstre
Kagge Forlag

Open class: Non-fiction for children and young adults
Gudny Ingebjørg Hagen og Malgorzata Piotrowska (ill.)
Fest og feiring
Cappelen Damm

Books for children and young adults
Anders N. Kvammen
No Comprendo Press

Honorary Award
Author and translator Elisabeth Aasen.

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The winners of the Brage Prize 2016. Photo by Anette S. Garpestad.

Read more
More about the Brage Prize, and see previous winners, here.

Vigdis Hjorth receives the 2016 Norwegian Booksellers' Prize

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At NORLA, we offer our warmest congratulations to Vigdis Hjorth, winner of the 2016 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for her critically acclaimed novel Wills and Testaments (original title: Arv og miljø)!

Read more about the novel here.

Rave reviews for Per Petterson's "Echoland"


Echoland, Per Petterson’s debut novel, was recently published in Great Brittain by Harvill Secker, to rave reviews. The book is translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.

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A bustle of Norwegian activity in Frankfurt

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The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest book fair and this year all the Norwegian participants were gathered at a large joint stand, in a reinforced collaboration between the Norwegian Publishers Association, Norwegian agents, NORLA and Norwegian publishers. The stand was a hub of extensive activity and vibrant energy, and it was of course also decorated with many good, beautiful books in all genres.
All seven of NORLA’s staff members took part in the book fair this year for the very first time! This was also NORLA’s 25th anniversary in Frankfurt, an event that was commemorated by a friendly gesture of appreciation from the book fair in the form of a delicious cake delivered to the stand.

External news

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

Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Please visit our website for information about the project, news and events.

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