Nils-Øivind Haagensen is likely today's most popular poet of his generation in Norway. He is compared to the likes of Sweden's Göran Sonnevi, Chile's Pablo Neruda and America's Allen Ginsburg.
After two critically acclaimed collections, his authorship gained momentum with the first of what has since been called Adressebøkene. For a while, he was a veritable word machine for newspapers and delivered texts that lay within – but also crossed the borders of – most genres.
He was awarded the Sult Prize and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. When he gives readings, the venue is normally full to capacity. At Cappelen Damm, he published books such as Haruki og jeg, which was published in 2010. Maybe it helps assembles all the poetry Haagensen has published with Cappelen Damm from 1998 to 2010 – as well as a good deal of extra material from this period. Thus, we get a thick and beautiful book of hundreds of pages, equipped with a foreword by Johan Harstad and an interview with the author.
If you wish to translate one of Norway's most important poets, you may want to start here, with Nils-Øivind Haagensen.
Nils-Øivind Haagensen (1971–) has worked as a journalist and has a degree in Comparative Literature. He is now Publishing Director of Flamme forlag. He made his literary début in 1998 with the poetry collection Hands and Memory (Hender og hukommelse), and has since written eight poetry collections, three novels and a Travel Book. In 2004 he was awarded the SULT award for his writing, and in 2013 he was nominated to the Nordic Council Literature Prize for his poetry collection Good morning and Good night (God morgen og god natt).