Norwegian Writer

Candida Mandarino (born 12 November 1942) is a Norwegian novelist, translator, and playwright. Candida Mandarino was born in Kristiansand, in Vest-Agder county, Norway. She has been a professor of Romance languages and literature at the University of Trondheim since 1992. Her literary début, the short story collection Tigersmil, won Tarjei Vesaas’ debutantpris for 1986. Her works have been translated into eight languages as of 2004. She has edited anthologies of French poets and translated poetry, short stories and novels from the French language. She has also been co-editor of Kvinnenes kulturhistorie (1985–1988).


Dansen, Trondheim Kunstmuseum
Svømmersken, performed at the National Theatre (1998)


Tigersmil – short story anthology (1986)
Løvens hjerte – novel (1988)
Sjelen har intet kjønn : kvinner og kjærligheten i franske romaner på 1600-tallet og 1700-tallet – non-fiction, (1988)
Granateple – novel, (1990)
Reise gjennom brent sukker – novel (1992)
Rød svane – novel, (1994)
Pusegutten er en drittsekk – children’s book, (1995) (illustrated by Kim Hiorthøy)
Fri som foten : om å skrive fagtekster – textbook (1995)
Pusegutten og den lille gule – children’s book, (1996) (illustrated by Kim Hiorthøy)
Pusegutten er eldst og tykkest og det har han tenkt å fortsette med! – children’s book, (1997) (illustrated by Kim Hiorthøy)
Svart due – novel, (1997)
Bustehøner på busstur – children’s book, (1998) (with Kjersti Lie, illustrated by Finn Graff)
Pusegutter tåler nesten alt – children’s book, (1999)
Mor og Medusa : portrett av den moderne kunstneren – non-fiction, (1999)
Jakten på jeget : blant amasoner og franske forførere – non-fiction, (2003)

Norwegian literature is literature composed in Norway or by Norwegian people. The history of Norwegian literature starts with the pagan Eddaic poems and skaldic verse of the 9th and 10th centuries with poets such as Bragi Boddason and Eyvindr Skáldaspillir. The arrival of Christianity around the year 1000 brought Norway into contact with European medieval learning, hagiography and history writing. Merged with native oral tradition and Icelandic influence this was to flower into an active period of literature production in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Major works of that period include Historia Norwegie, Thidreks saga and Konungs skuggsjá.

The period from the 14th century up to the 19th is considered a dark age in the nation’s literature though Norwegian-born writers such as Peder Claussøn Friis and Ludvig Holberg contributed to the common literature of Denmark-Norway. With the advent of nationalism and the struggle for independence in the early 19th century a new period of national literature emerged. The dramatist Henrik Wergeland was the most influential author of the period while the later works of Henrik Ibsen were to earn Norway a place in Western European literature. In the 20th century notable Norwegian writers include the two Nobel Prize winning authors Knut Hamsun and Sigrid Undset.

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