Thorvald Steen is one of Scandinavia’s leading authors, translated into 26 languages. His international breakthrough came with the novel Don Carlos (about Charles Darwin). This and other novels have been critically acclaimed bestsellers. Camel Clouds had 22 print runs in Turkey. Constantinople and The Weight of Snow Crystals were bestsellers in Norway. The same applies to The Little Horse, about Snorri Sturluson, bestsellers in Iceland and Russia.
Thorvald Steen has received numerous prizes including the Swedish Academy’s Doubloug Prize, the Saga Prize (Iceland), the Ján Hollý Prize and the Comenius Medal (Slovakia).
Steen was chairman of NORLA and the Norwegian Authors’ Union for many years, and a board member for PEN International.