This year’s strong representation from the world of fiction breathes sensuality, and the enigma of desire is embodied historically, poetically, and in closed spaces. The nominees also explore natural patterns of life, time travel, and people who find themselves alone, both in prose and enraged poetry. The nominees also deal with Arctic pain and special geopolitical circumstances, as well as changing living conditions that can take unexpected forms, both painful and artful.
Here are the nominees for this year’s literature prize:
Sami language area
The works have been nominated by the national members of the adjudication committee for the 2022 Nordic Council Literature Prize.
Winner to be announced in November
The winner of the 2022 Nordic Council Literature Prize will be announced on 1 November in Helsinki in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council. The winner will receive the Nordlys statuette and DKK 300,000.
60 years of the Nordic Council Literature Prize
Sofi Oksanen, Kirsten Thorup, Jon Fosse, Niviaq Korneliussen, Rói Patursson, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, and Tomas Tranströmer are just some of the authors who have been awarded the Nordic Council Literature Prize over the past 60 years.
In 2022, we’re celebrating 60 years of the Nordic Council Literature Prize. The prize was first awarded in 1962. It goes to a literary work written in one of the Nordic languages, such as a novel, drama, poetry collection, or a collection of short stories or essays that meets high literary and artistic standards.
The purpose of the Nordic Council’s five prizes is to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and Nordic co-operation on the environment, as well as to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental efforts.