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Renowned Norwegian writer dies. Author Anne Karin Elstad was found dead at her close friend William Nygaard's home, Wednesday. She was 74. "She probably died of a stroke and died sitting in a chair while she solved crosswords," Mr Nygaard told Dagbladet. Nygaard was formerly the head of one of Norway's leading publishing houses Aschehoug.  ''Anne Karin Elstad was a great Norwegian writer, and one of the most beloved authors we have had. Sometimes, she was also been the most widely read of all her contemporaries,'' Nygaard added.

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Renowned Norwegian writer dies

Published on Saturday, 7th April, 2012 at 12:22 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

Author Anne Karin Elstad was found dead at her close friend William Nygaard's home, Wednesday. She was 74.

Anne Karin Elstad
Anne Karin Elstad
Photo: Aschehoug


"She probably died of a stroke and died sitting in a chair while she solved crosswords," Mr Nygaard told Dagbladet. Nygaard was formerly the head of one of Norway's leading publishing houses Aschehoug. 

''Anne Karin Elstad was a great Norwegian writer, and one of the most beloved authors we have had. Sometimes, she was also been the most widely read of all her contemporaries,'' Nygaard added.

He told the newspaper that they were good friends and he had helped her debut in 1976 with the novel "Folket på Innhaug", which was a huge success. ''She was a writer with a special epic drive that kept her readers close to her. Elstad took parts of her own life and childhood experiences and made them into novels.''

Anne Karin Elstad was educated as a teacher, and worked in the profession for many years before she dedicated herself to writing full-time. Folket på Innhaug is the first of four novels in a popular series about the inhabitants of a place called Innhaug. 

Her Julie series is also well-known amongst Norwegians. The first book was titled “Julie” (1993), followed by “Som dine dager er” (1995), “Lenker” (1998) and “Fri” (2000). 

One of 2003’s best-selling novels was her “Odel”. Her book “Hjem” sold more than 100,000 copies in 2006, for which she was awarded ''Den norske leserprisen'' (a prize awarded to the author who makes the biggest impression on its readers) (Source: Wikipedia).

''Elstad has been written about at all levels, from middle school to university. She actively participated in public meetings and seminars and she was loved by her colleagues,'' Nygaard told Dagbladet.

He also revealed to the newspaper that Elstad had begun working on her new book. ''She had started on both planning and writing it, but I do not dare say how far she had come."

Trygve Åslund, who has been the publishing director of the fiction and documentary section at Aschehoug since 2002, also knew Elstad well. 

''This is both sad for me personally, and that we have lost one of our truly beloved writers. Anne Karin’s authorship describes Norway from 1814 to the present day, often through strong female characters who rebelled against the norms,’’ Åslund told Dagbladet.



Published on Saturday, 7th April, 2012 at 12:22 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

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