Jan Kjaerstad

Jan Kjaerstad made his debut as a writer in 1980 with a short story collection, The Earth Turns Quielty. The three books making up the Wergeland trilogy--The Seducer, The Conqueror, and The Discoverer--have achieved huge international success, and led to Kjaerstad receiving the Nordic Prize for Literature in 2001 for The Discoverer. He has also received Germany's Henrik Steffen Prize for Scandinavians who have significantly enriched Europe's artistic and intellectual life.