Famous Norwegian author Øystein Lønn dies aged 85

Øystein Lønn pictured here at a press conference, in Copenhagen, for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 1996. Photo : Nordic Council

Famous Norwegian author and playwright Øystein Lønn, who won a spate of literary awards late in his life, has died aged 85.

Kristiansand boy left it late in life to garner acclaim and awards

Perhaps the most famous author to hail from Kristiansand, Øystein Lønn, has died aged 85. His death was announced by publisher Kari Marstein in a press release.

Born in Kristiansand in 1936, he published his first set of short stories, “The Procession“, in 1966. Critical praise would escape him for much of his career, belatedly arriving for his 1993 work “Thrane’s Method and other short stories”. This would secure him not only the 1993 Critics Award Prize but also the 1993 Brage Prize.

His biggest win, however, was securing the 1996 Nordic Council Literature Prize for “What are we going to do today? and other short stories” (1995) He received an honorary award in 2020, from the Sorlandet Literature Prize.

Lønn also wrote 14 novels and two plays and was translated into 12 languages.

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