Lars Kristensen

Lars Kristensen

Leading Norwegian writer, poet and playwright
Country: Norway

Biography of Lars Saabye Christensen

Lars Saabye Christensen is a renowned Norwegian writer, poet, and playwright. He was born in Oslo and grew up in the Skillbekke district. However, he spent many years living in Sortland, Nordland County, which greatly influenced his writing and is reflected in almost all of his works. Currently, the writer has returned to Oslo, specifically the suburb of Blindern.

Lars Kristensen

Despite being half Danish and holding Danish citizenship, Lars Saabye Christensen writes in Norwegian. He studied literature, Norwegian language, art history, and the history of ideas. In 1976, he received the Tarjei Vesaas' debutant prize for his poetry collection "Historien om Gly." However, his very first book was the poetry collection "Grønt lys" ("Green Light"), which he self-published at the age of 19.

Lars Saabye Christensen is the author of several poetry collections, plays, and film scripts. Nevertheless, he is best known for his short stories and novels. His first novel, "Amatøren" ("The Amateur"), was written a year after his debut. However, his real fame, both in Norway and internationally, came in 1984 with the publication of the novel "Beatles." This book earned Christensen the Capellen Publishing House Award. A few years later, he released the novel "Herman," which received the Norwegian Critics Association Award.

In 2001, on the 25th anniversary of his prolific writing career, Lars Saabye Christensen published the novel "Halvbroren" ("The Half Brother"). This book brought him several awards, including the Brage Prize and the Nordic Council Literature Prize. "Halvbroren" has been published in a print run of over 200,000 copies and is sold in 22 countries worldwide.

In addition to his writing, Lars Saabye Christensen has been a significant contributor to the literary community. He has served as an internal reviewer and editor for the publishing house "Cappelen's" anthology of debuts, "Signaler," for several years, providing support to emerging literary talents.

Lars Saabye Christensen is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Language and Literature. In 2006, he was appointed as a Commander of the Order of St. Olav, and in 2008, he was honored as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. In 2010, his play "Chet spiller ikke her" ("Chet Doesn't Play Here"), performed at the Norwegian National Theatre, was nominated for the Ibsen Award.