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5 must-read authors from Norway to add to your bookshelf

By Lola Froebe

Photo: Elsa Hammarén

From Karl Ove Knausgård to Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, these are the Norwegian novelists you need to know and read

Scandinavian literature is having a moment. While natives have known of the ability of writing in the region to capture an immense rawness and to provide a jolt, accompanied by a keen grasp of character, grim wit and biting candor, these characteristics have only relatively recently began enchanting broader international audiences.


For newcomers, Norway is an excellent starting point for a departure across the literary map of Scandinavia. From naked, authentic realism to decade-spanning page-turners, Norwegian literature will easily draw you in - and sometimes leave you reeling.

Below is our hand-picked selection of writers from Norway that you will find hard to put down.