Top 5:
Norwegian Authors You Should Read

I recently wrote a post about reading diversely and it was mentioned that I should recommend some Norwegian authors, so here we are! There are some modern and some classical authors. I hope you enjoy!

Jo Nesbø

We will get the most obvious one out of the way first: Norways beloved Jo Nesbø. I don't know if you know this, but Norwegians looooooove crime fiction and mystery novels, and Nesbø writes great ones. He is most famous for his novels about Harry Hole. My personal favourites are The Snowman and Headhunters

Sigrid Undset

Undset died in 1949 and won the Nobel Prize in Literature during her lifetime. She is most famous for writing about life in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, and her most prominent work is Kristin Lavransdatter, which follows a girl named Kristin throughout her life. I read this in high school and even wrote a paper on it. It's sort of slow burning, but it is fascinating.

Jostein Gaarder

I have read three books by this author, The Orange Girl, Sophie's World and The Christmas Mystery. Sophie's World is quite strange, but I would recommend starting with The Orange Girl, which is a young adult mystery (I definitely need to reread this, because it's quite a while since I read it).

Obviously, The Christmas Mystery is great for Christmas, and I reread it every year (it's kind of cool, because the book is set up as an advent calender, where you read one chapter every day from the 1st of December to the 24th. It's a very magical book to read when you're a kid, though I enjoy it as an adult too).

Henrik Ibsen

The Great Pride of Norway, Henrik Ibsen is another classical author and is most famous for his plays. I have read A Doll's House, The Wild Duck and Peer Gynt. 

A Doll's House is a wonderful feminist read, and it was so scandalous for its time, that they actually had to change the ending to be able to put it up on stage (Read about it after you've read the play, it's really interesting).

Tarjei Vesaas

I have only read one book by this author, but I absolutely loved The Ice Palace. It's considered Vesaas' masterpiece, and totally agree with that statement. It's quite magical and fairytaleesque, and definitely worth a read.

Let me know if some of this sounds interesting, or if you've read any of these authors!

PS: I think I will do another list with Scandinavian authors, as I've realised I have quite a lot to recommend!


  1. Just added the majority of these to my TBR! Thanks so much for the recommendations -- hopefully I can read at least a couple of them soon.

  2. I think I've only heard of Jostein Gaarder and Jo Nesbø over here. I think Nesbø is probably the best known Norwegian author in the Netherlands, but I'm not really into crime fiction so I haven't read anything by him. I should really like to read something by Gaarder however and The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas sound quite interesting as well! Will post a blog on five Dutch authors very soon ;-)


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