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07 · 05 · 2018

Northern Lights: Dorthe Nors, Johan Harstad & Gunnhild Øyehaug

10th of May, Passa Porta International House of Literature presents three of the most exciting contemporary Scandinavian authors at BOZAR: Dorthe Nors and the two Norwegian authors Johan Harstad and Gunnhild Øyehaug. Writer, Annelies Verbeke, will moderate the conversation between her Scandinavian colleagues.


Dorthe Nors is the author behind a long list of novels: Soul (2001), Stormesteren (2003), Ann Lie (2005), and in 2008 she published a collection of short stories translated to English and Dutch Karate Chop. In 2010 she published Days, a novella, and in 2013 another novella, Minna mangler et øvelokale. Her novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017.


Her short story collection Karate Chop earned her readers around the world. Two stories from the collection were published in The New Yorker. She was the first Dane ever to have short fiction in the magazine.


Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has been published in more than 17 countries around the world.


“It’s a book about a woman who in the middle of her life insists on learning how to drive, and it’s a story about longing to go back to a place that no longer exists. About emancipation – and being stuck.” – Dorthe Nors from


“Set in Copenhagen and the Danish countryside, the events described in Mirror, Shoulder, Signal could occur in any metropolitan American city and any rural US backwater.  Deceptively simple, this book addresses longing and its futility, estrangement, and displacement, with a casual ease. Nors’ writing creeps up on you and then overwhelms with its emotional power.  She is a master.”— Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick


Northern Lights is a collaboration between Passa Porta, Uitgeverij Podium, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Norwegian Embassy, NORLA, Bozar, and Danish Cultural Institute in Brussels. Find out more about the event on Facebook.