Karin Fossum


Karin Fossum

Karin Fossum (1954–) made her literary début with a collection of poetry in 1974. This was awarded with Tarjei Vesaas' Debutant Prize. Later she has written another book of poetry and two short story collections. Her major break through came with the crime novel about Konrad Sejer Evas øye (Eve's Eye) in 1995. It is enormously exciting and well crafted, and displays a tough literary style that grips the reader instantly. In 1996 Fossum followed up with Se deg ikke tilbake! (Don't Look Back!). According to Aftenposten's reviewer the second book "has hit the bull's eye. It has scored a direct hit and is an exceptional top score! This is a dazzling writing in the crime genre". Fossum received The Riverton Prize and The Glass Key (for the best Nordic detective novel) for this second crime. In 1997 Fossum wrote Den som frykter ulven (He Who Fears the Wolf ) that gave her The Booksellers' Prize. The year after came Djevelen holder lyset (When the Devil Holds the Candle). Karin Fossum published a literary novel in 1999, De gales hus (The House of the Insane).

In 2000 Karin Fossum wrote her fifth crime featuring Sejer, Elskede Poona (Calling out for You), for which she was nominated for the British Gold and Silver Dagger Award in 2005. In 2002 she wrote the sixth Sejer novel, Svarte sekunder (Black Seconds), in addition to the literary novel Jonas Eckel (Jonas Eckel). The literary novel Natt til fjerde november (The Night of November 4) was published in 2003. The seventh crime, Drapet på Harriet Krohn (The Murder of Harriet Krohn), was issued in 2004. In 2006 she wrote the literary novel Brudd (The Break).

Fossum's scenarios are realistic and believable. She has a literary, precise language and is regarded as a gifted writer. Fossum's crime novels have been filmed, the first as a full length feature film, the others as television series. Karin Fossum is always well received - by the critics and the readers. The press about Fossum:

«Calling out for You is Fossum's fifth police novel featuring detectives Sejer and Skarre. Not only the definite highlight of the season, it is in my view among the best Norwegian crime novels ever written. ...a well-written and disturbing novel, a tale that would stand fast even without the element of crime.»

Dagbladet

«Calling out for You is yet another testimony of Karin Fossum's qualities as a novelist, equally so of the keen psychological observer she has become. Reading a crime novel that radiates such wisdom and warmth, coupled with solid literary craftsmanship, is a rare pleasure.»

Dagsavisen

«Don't Look Back! shows just how well Fossum deserves her continental fame

Sunday Times

«Norway's Queen of crime ...an engaging, atmospheric thriller

Daily Mail

Awards:
Tarjei Vesaas’ Debutant Prize 1974 for the collection of poetry Kanskje i
morgen (Maybe Tomorrow)
The Riverton Prize and The Glass Key for Se deg ikke tilbake! (Don’t Look Back!)
The Booksellers’ Prize 1997 for Den som frykter ulven (He Who Fears the Wolf)
The Brage Award 2000 for Elskede Poona (The Indian Bride)
Svarte sekunder (Black seconds) voted the best translated crime by Svenska Deckarakademin (Swedish Acadamy of Crime)
Nominated for The Golden Dagger Award 2005 for Elskede Poona (The Indian Bride)
The Gumshoe Award for Best European Crime Novel 2007: Karin Fossum, for Når djeveln holder lyset (When the Devil Holds the Candle)
LA Times Book Award 2008 for Elskede Poona (The Indian Bride)
Elskede Poona (The Indian Bride) was voted The Best Norwegian Crime Novel through all Times by the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet

Translations:
Evas øye (Eve's Eye), 1995. Sold to Albania, Belgium/the Netherlands, Czech, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Bulgaria.

Se deg ikke tilbake! (Don't Look Back!), 1996. Sold to Albania, Britain, Belgium/the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Russia, Korea, Serbia.

Den som frykter ulven (He Who Fears the Wolf), 1997. Sold to Brazil, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Belgium/the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, USA, Italy, Korea, Turkey, Hungary,

Djevelen holder lyset (When the Devil Holds the Candle), 1998. Sold to Brazil, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Belgium/the Netherlands, the Faeroes, Spain, Sweden, Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, US

De gales hus (The House of the Insane), literary novel, 1999. Sold to Belgium/the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Sweden.

Elskede Poona (Calling Out for You), 2000. Sold to Belgium/the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Serbia, Poland, the UK, the US

Svarte sekunder (Black seconds), 2002. Sold to the UK, Belgium/the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, the US

Jonas Eckel (Jonas Eckel), literary novel, 2002. Sold to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium/the Netherlands.

Natt til fjerde november (The Night of November 4), literary novel, 2003. Sold to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Belgium/the Netherlands.

Drapet på Harriet Krohn (The Murder of Harriet Krohn), 2004. Sold to Sweden, Belgium/the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Germany.

Brudd (The Break), 2006. Sold to Britain, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, the UK, the US

Den som elsker noe annet (Water’s Egde), 2007. Sold to Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Britain, Italy, Finland, Belgium/the Netherlands, UK, US

Den onde viljen (Bad Intentions), 2008. Sold to Finland, the UK, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, the US

Varsleren (The Caller), 2010. Sold to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Estonia, Italy, Spain, Finland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and the US.

Bibliography


Foreign rights


  • Brudd
    • 2007 Estonia
    • 2006 Denmark
    • 2006 Finland
    • 2006 Sweden
    • 2006 United Kingdom
  • Carmen Zita og døden
    • 2014 United States
    • 2013 Denmark
    • 2013 Estonia
    • 2013 Finland
    • 2013 Germany
    • 2013 Greece
    • 2013 Sweden
    • 2013 Sweden
    • 2013 United Kingdom
  • De gales hus
    • 2007 Belgium
    • 2001 Finland
    • 2000 Sweden
    • 1999 Germany
  • Den onde viljen
    • Norway
    • 2012 Sweden
    • 2011 Italy
    • 2008 Belgium
    • 2008 Denmark
    • 2008 Finland
    • 2008 Germany
    • 2008 Sweden
    • 2008 United Kingdom
  • Den som elsker noe annet
    • 2012 Czech Republic
    • 2011 Hungary
    • 2011 Netherlands
    • 2011 Sweden
    • 2008 Italy
    • 2007 Belgium
    • 2007 Denmark
    • 2007 Finland
    • 2007 Germany
    • 2007 Sweden
    • 2007 Sweden
    • 2007 United Kingdom
  • Den som frykter ulven
    • 2010 Russia
    • 2010 Turkey
    • 2009 Denmark
    • 2008 Hungary
    • 2006 Brazil
    • 2006 Poland
    • 2006 Turkey
    • 2005 Republic Of Korea
    • 2004 Italy
    • 2003 Finland
    • 2003 France
    • 2003 Germany
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    • 2002 France
    • 2000 Belgium
    • 2000 Iceland
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    • 1999 Denmark
    • 1999 Finland
    • 1999 Sweden
    • 1997 Germany
  • Djevelen holder lyset
    • 2010 Russia
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    • 2009 Spain
    • 2008 Hungary
    • 2008 Poland
    • 2006 Brazil
    • 2006 Turkey
    • 2005 Bulgaria
    • 2003 France
    • 2002 United Kingdom
    • 2001 Belgium
    • 2000 Denmark
    • 2000 Finland
    • 1999 Germany
    • 1999 Sweden
  • Drapet på Harriet Krohn
    • 2013 Poland
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    • 2011 Sweden
    • 2010 Estonia
    • 2005 Belgium
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    • 2004 Finland
    • 2004 Germany
    • 2004 Sweden
  • Elskede Poona
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    • 2008 Thailand
    • 2007 Estonia
    • 2006 Spain
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    • 2001 United Kingdom
    • 2000 Denmark
    • 2000 Finland
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  • Evas øye
    • 2010 Sweden
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    • 2006 Russia
    • 2005 Bulgaria
    • 2002 Sweden
    • 2000 Albania
    • 2000 Latvia
    • 1999 Denmark
    • 1998 Czech Republic
    • 1998 France
    • 1998 Poland
    • 1998 Portugal
    • 1997 Belgium
    • 1997 Iceland
    • 1997 Italy
    • 1997 Sweden
    • 1996 Denmark
    • 1996 Finland
    • 1996 Germany
  • Helvetesilden
    • 2014 Sweden
    • 2014 United Kingdom
  • Jeg kan se i mørket
    • 2013 Bangladesh
    • 2013 Republic Of Korea
    • 2012 Estonia
    • 2012 Spain
    • 2011 Belgium
    • 2011 Denmark
    • 2011 Finland
    • 2011 Sweden
    • 2011 Sweden
    • 2011 United Kingdom
  • Jonas Eckel
    • 2005 Belgium
    • 2004 Germany
    • 2003 Finland
    • 2002 Denmark
    • 2002 Sweden
  • Natt til fjerde november
    • 2006 Belgium
    • 2005 Estonia
    • 2004 Finland
    • 2003 Denmark
    • 2003 Sweden
    • 2003 Sweden
  • Se deg ikke tilbake!
    • 2010 Bulgaria
    • 2010 Turkey
    • 2009 Denmark
    • 2008 Hungary
    • 2008 Japan
    • 2007 Israel
    • 2006 Poland
    • 2006 Russia
    • 2005 Republic Of Korea
    • 2005 Romania
    • 2005 Serbia
    • 2003 Albania
    • 2002 Portugal
    • 2001 Italy
    • 2001 Latvia
    • 2001 United Kingdom
    • 1999 Belgium
    • 1999 Denmark
    • 1999 France
    • 1998 Iceland
    • 1998 Italy
    • 1998 Spain
    • 1998 Sweden
    • 1997 Germany
    • 1996 Finland
  • Svarte sekunder
    • Norway
    • 2012 Poland
    • 2009 Spain
    • 2007 France
    • 2005 United Kingdom
    • 2003 Netherlands
    • 2002 Belgium
    • 2002 Denmark
    • 2002 Finland
    • 2002 Germany
    • 2002 Sweden
  • Varsleren
    • 2013 Republic Of Korea
    • 2012 Czech Republic
    • 2011 Denmark
    • 2011 Sweden
    • 2010 France
    • 2010 Italy
    • 2009 Belgium
    • 2009 Denmark
    • 2009 Estonia
    • 2009 Finland
    • 2009 Germany
    • 2009 Spain
    • 2009 Sweden
    • 2009 Sweden
    • 2009 United Kingdom