Norwegian Literature: No Longer Lost In Translation


Just like with the business scene where Norway is taking advantage of the assets that UK has and the strong relationship between both nations, Norwegian literature is also getting a slice of the pie. First and utmost, Norwegian literary genius is finally getting the worldwide attention it deserves, and therefore the translation it needs.

Henrik Ibsen, one of Norway’s most acclaimed playwrights, continues having his work performed worldwide. Although his controversial plays - which put women’s role into focus - are already translated, English publishers are hard at work giving them a second go. With these new translations, his work will be brought back to the world’s stages without a doubt.

More contemporary writers are also being translated into English. Samuel Bjork is the pen behind I’m Travelling Alone, a crime bestseller in Norway since 2013. It finally achieved translation earlier this year being released in 27 languages and in over 30 countries. Also a playwright, Bjork has gained very little exposé outside his native Norway, but is soon gaining ground internationally.

Norwegian ingenious comes big and small. One may wonder how a man’s everyday mundane life becomes an international phenomenon in literature? Knausgaard is the author behind Min Kamp (My Struggle), which reveals the honestly dull life of the author. Packed with personal secrets, adventures and struggles, the author has been translated into 30 languages. His six-volume work may leave us no more secrets to wonder about him, but the Intelligence Squad is still hosting a discussion forum with the author at the RIBA, namely to discuss how he managed to make such an outstanding international impact with his everyday life.

Furthering Norwegian Education

Parents looking to further their children’s education with a Norwegian school system while living in London can do so at the The Norwegian School in London. Offering “the best of both worlds”, the school is approved by both Norwegian and English educational regulations. The school aims to give Norwegian families an option to carry on with their regular education while also providing them with both culture and education from London. Living in London is a privilege, but not a sacrifice for one of the best educational systems in Europe.