Roy Jacobsen was born in 1954 in suburbs of Oslo, and at the age of 28 he was already awarded Tarjei Vesaas Debut Prize for his storybook «Fangeliv» («Prison Life»). Since then Roy has quickly become one of the most recognizable Norwegian writers thanks to his original style, his ability to analyze and his fascination with deep psychological motives of human communication. Also he is a recipient of numerous literary awards, among which are:
- Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature (Kritikerprisen)
- Norwegian Young Critics Prize for Literature (Ungdommens Kritikerprisen)
- Gyldendal Norwegian Publishing House Award (Gyldendalprisen)
- Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Bokhandelprisen)
- Nordic Council's Literature Prize (Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris), twice.
- the novels «Child Wonder» («Vidunderbarn») and «The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles» («Hoggerne») were nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.
- and others
The main distinguishing feature of his works is «universality»: he is equally talented at creating both brief novels filled with psychologism and bigger novels, in which the author demonstrates his rich historical, literary, linguistic and political knowledge. You can meet him personally and get to listen about his life as a writer at:
10:00 in Murmansk Arctic State University
17:30 in Murmansk State Scientific Library
Photo: Fredrik Arff