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.