Ragnar Hovland (b. 1952) is one of the most unique voices of Norwegian literature. With a surplus of playful ideas, odd characters and popcultural references to film and music, his fiction writing is always full of surprises. Soon after making his literary debut he achieved a cult status among many readers and younger novelists. Several authors are clearly inspired by his use of humour, irony and intertextuality.
Hovland has won all prestiguos literary prizes such as: The Brage Prize (A motorbike through the night), The Critics Prize (A winter’s journey and Outlawed), Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis and Aschehoug Prize last year (for his authorship).
Some of his novels have been translated into German, French, Italian and English.