Karin Fossum is best known as a crime writer, but she made her literary debut with poetry. In 2013 she published the poetry collection Natten er et annet land (”Night is a Different Country”).
Vi som er døde (”We who are Dead”) describes life's struggles and reflects about the different starting-points which become parts of a person. In the title poem we are followed right through till after death.
”But the dark night is ours
When we weigh nothing;
Then we rise up
From the grave,
Flicker around in the dark
And blink like comets
Above the fields.”
Karin Fossum (1954–) made her literary debut in 1974 with the poetry collection Maybe Tomorrow (Kanskje i morgen), for which she won the Vesaas First Writer's Award. She has published books in several genres, but is best known for her crime fiction series about Inspector Konrad Sejer. Several of her books have been filmed for the screen and TV. She has received a number of prestigious awards, including an LA Times Book Award and The Brage Prize for her novel The Indian Bride (Elskede Poona). In 2017 The Riverton Club named her Best Norwegian Crime Writer through the times!
Karin Fossum's books are translated into 34 languages.