Vigdis Hjorth is nominated to the Nordic Councils Literature Prize for her novel Wills and Testaments. Vigdis Hjorth has published over 30 books, and has received a number of awards for her literature.
Amongst the awards she has recieved: The Gyldendal Prize in 2011, the Critics Award in 2012, The Honorary Brage Award and the Amalie Skram Award in 2014, The Aschehoug Award in 2015 and the Booksellers Prize in 2016.
Through her writing, Hjorth has explored the life choices and terms of being a human. She has been particularly interested in the woman’s role in love and in family relations, but has also been a clear and fearless voice in public debate.
In a conversation with Klassekampen literary critic Kaja Schjerven Mollerin Hjorth has said: “Writing, for me, is always an attempt to create more meaning.”
Hjorth had the following to say about her nomination to the Nordic Councils Literature Prize:
“I have had so much positive feedback after publishing Wills and Testaments. The feedback has meant so much to me. I have particularly loved getting so many personal greetings from readers who tell me that the novel has been important to them.
Getting last years Bookseller Award for Wills and Testaments was an honour.
It is overwhelming that the novel is now nominated to The Nordic Councils Literature Prize, which has honored so many other strong literary voices. This is the most prestigious of the literary awards in the Nordic Countries – a nomination like this is huge for me!”
The novel Wills and Testaments has been hailed by the critics, and has had a print run of over 65.000 copies in Norway. It has been in the top ten of the Norwegian bestseller list for 23 weeks.
There is great interest for the novel abroad, and rights have so far been sold to Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany and Bulgaria.