Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017

01.11.17 | News
Vinnare av Nordiska rådets litteraturpris 2017
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The Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017 has been awarded to the Danish author Kirsten Thorup for her novel Erindring om kærligheden (“Memories of Love”, not translated into English) at the award ceremony in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The DKK 350,000 prize and statuette were presented by Sunna Dís Másdóttir, the chair of the Adjudication Committee.

The Adjudication Committee wrote:

The winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017 is the author of numerous excellent and highly relevant novels that reflect a deep social commitment. Kirsten Thorup’s novel Erindring om kærligheden paints a portrait of Tara, a woman who constantly reaches out to the vulnerable in society. Somewhat unexpectedly, Tara falls pregnant and gives birth to her daughter Siri – a turn of events with which she finds it difficult to cope. The ensuing heart-rending and relentless tale probes into questions of rights and duties, private life and politics – and not least the strength and price of love – all addressed with ever greater subtlety. Erindring om kærligheden is a very dark and wise novel. It trawls great depths – the depths we all share – reaching parts only literature ever really reaches.