Thorvald Steen (NO)
Thorvald Steen (NO), born in 1954, made his literary debut in 1983, and he has subsequently published a wide range of novels, plays, collections of poems, books of short stories, children’s books and essays. He has distinguished himself as one of Norway’s leading internationally-oriented writers. Steen’s works are translated into more than 20 languages and he has received several literary prizes, nominations and awards both at home and abroad. In 1993 he received Gyldendals legat (The Gyldendal Grant). The Belgian newspaper Le Soir declared Don Carlos one of the five best novels translated into French in 1996. The newspaper Clarin in Argentina chose Steen as “Best new writer” for Don Carlos the same year. In 2001 he received the Norwegian Doubloug Prize for his entire work. The novel Camel Clouds was elected novel of the year by the Turkish newspaper Bir Gun in 2006 and won the Slovak Jan Holly Award in 2007. In 2006 Steen also received the Comenius Medal from the University of Bratislava for his historical novels. The playDesert Storms, written together with Tariq Ali, was nominated for the prestigious Hedda Award for best performance in 2010. Steen was the chairman of The Norwegian Author's Union (1991-97) and he has been a honorary menber of the union since 1997. He has also been Chairman of the Board in Norla (Norwegian Literature Abroad) since 1997 and a member of the Board of PEN since 2003. In 2004 he received a Govermental Stipend from the Norwegian Minister of Culture.