Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir receives the Nordic Council's Literature Prize
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir won the 2018 Nordic Council's Literary Prize for her novel Ör (Hotel Silence). Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit handed out the prize at the Nordic Council award ceremony at the Oslo Opera House in November 2018.
The jury said: “I write against the darkness in the world,” says Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2018. In the novel Ör, we encounter a middle-aged man who takes his literal and metaphorical toolbox with him to a war-torn European country, intent upon putting an end to his life. In the course of his travels, he realises that we all have our own toolbox – what matters is how we choose to use it. This is a small book with a big heart. It is full of subtle humour and sparkling, vital language, which asks the big questions about life and death, about the individual versus the collective, about our privileges, rights and duties. Ultimately, it is duty that provides humanity with the tools to challenge the darkness.