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is a Norwegian author
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. She worked as a teacher in northern Norway until her debut as an author. Her debut work was a collection of poems, "Vingeslag" ("Beating of Wings"). Her major breakthrough was her first novel, "Huset med den blinde glassveranda" ("The House with the Blind Glass Porch") in 1981.
Her 1989 novel, Dinas bok
), was made into a film titled I Am Dina
I Am Dina is a 2002 Swedish-Norwegian-Danish film directed by Ole Bornedal. It is based on the 1989 book Dinas bok by Herbjørg Wassmo. The movie was one of the most high-profile in Norwegian movie history.-Plot:...
in 2002, starring Maria Bonnevie
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and Gérard Depardieu
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- Kritikerprisen 1981, for Huset med den blinde glassveranda
- Bokhandlerprisen 1983, for Det stumme rommet
- Nordland fylkes kulturpris 1986
- The Nordic Council's Literature Prize
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(Nordisk Råds litteraturpris) 1987, for Hudløs himmel
- Gyldendal's Endowment
Gyldendal's Endowment was a literature prize which was awarded in the period 1934–1995 by the Norwegian publisher Gyldendal Norsk Forlag. The prize was awarded to significant authors, regardless of which publisher the author was associated with...
- Amalie Skram-prisen 1997
- Prix Jean Monnét 1998 (France
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