Kittelsen, Erling

Erling Kittelsen made his debut with the poetry collection Wild Birds in 1970, and has published poems, fables, two novels, translations and drama. He is the recipient of numerous literary awards and distinctions. His latest poetry collection, The Poem Runs Like a City, was published in 2010, and in 2013 the novel I, Jako was published. Erling Kittelsen is often called a resistance poet because he provides a necessary counterweight to our commercialised culture. At the same time he offers us portals to mythology and to ancient experience which have the potential to channel and transmit our humanity. ”The darkest place is where it happens, out there in the world”, he says. He indicates something which could be a collective portrayal of the future, something which binds all the world´s peoples together.

Kittelsen´s acclaim as a lyricist stretches far beyond Norway´s boundaries, and he is regularly invited to present his works all around the world. He has been a pioneer in working with poets in exile, and has translated their work into Norwegian. In addition, he has translated, in collaboration with expert linguists, Latvian folk poetry and classical texts from Persian, Sumerian and Korean. Central to his authorship are his literary dialogues with his own translations of Norse mythology.

“Erling Kitterlsen is a distinctive voice in contemporary literature.  His critical view of Norwegian society makes for fascinating and at times chilling reading … Kittelsen is an author who writes independently of trends. He draws inspiration from a great variety of genres – legends, fables, fairy tales and oral poetry from different cultural fields. He is first and foremost a poet, which can be witnessed in his language; through beautiful, alien imagery and original thoughts. Throughout his long authorship, Kittelsen has demonstrated an impressive devotion to his own voice, without letting it be influenced by the mainstream.”
Liv Mossige, from a review of I Jako, Dagsavisen 2013

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Selected bibliography & translations

Year Norwegian title English Title Rights sold to Foreign publisher
2008 Diamantfjellene The Diamond Mountains
2005 Mottakeren The Recipient
2004 Jeg setter foten her og ler. Erling Kittelsens dikt i utval Selected Poems
2003 Bragespeilet The Brage Mirror
2000 På himmelen In Heaven
Swedish Cultiflex