Copenhagen, 8. April 1964
M.Sc. Econ., University of Copenhagen (1988)
Economic/Political Advisor for the EU and the UN in Dar-es-Salaam (1988-89), Brussels (1990-91), New York (1991-93) and Mozambique (1993-94), respectively
1998-2002: also parttime consultant, international development/humanitarian affairs.
(see bottom for longer description of jobs)
1995 - today:
Full time writer, residing in turn in New York, Milan, Paris,
PEN US & DK
Danish Fiction Writer's Association (DsF)
The Danish Foreign Affairs Society
27 languages, ia English (US & UK), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Slovenian, Croatian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Corean.
Drassow's Prize, Denmark 2014, literary works towards peace & human understanding
Peter Pan Prize, Silverstar, Sweden 2013 for War
Teskedsordnen, Sweden 2012 (anti-fanaticism prize), War
Michael L. Printz Honor, USA 2011, for literary excellency
Mildred. L. Batchelder Honor Award, USA 2011, for 'Nothing'
Die Zeit. Luchs Preis, Germany, August 2010
Le Prix Libbylit 2008 for best children's novel of the year published in French, for Rien.
Cultural Ministry's Prize, Denmark 2001 for best children's book of the year 2001, Intet.
National Council, Lit. (2016, 13, 12,11, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 03, etc)
National Foundation for the Arts (2015, 14, 13, 09, 07, 06, 05, 01)
National Foundation for the Arts (3-Year Stipend, 2002)
Author's Account (2006, 2001)
Harald Kidde's Foundation (1999)
Beckett Foundation (1999)
Essays, Stories etc:
(Short story collection), Hanser Verlag, 2013
To See the One Who Sees You
Illustrated essay on multiculturalism
Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, 2006
War, what if
Illustrated essay (52 p.), Dansklærerforeningens Forlag 04
Write Your Devil
(co-editor and contributor)
Antology, People’sPress, 2004
Short story, Le Monde de l’Education, France, 2002
Published in separate booklet in Danish, Gyldendal 2007
Thank God for the Burden of History
Essay, FAZ, Germany, May 2016:
The Human Compass: When Extremism Becomes the Magnetic North
Essay, Institute of Art & Ideas, UK, April 2016/ Berliner Republik, Germany, Dec 2016
Ode to a Land
Essay, Anthology: American Writers on Palestine, Or Books, Dec 2015
Tea with Turgenjev
Essay, FAZ, Germany, Sept 2014
The Golden Future of the Non-Gilded European Youth
Essay, Cicero Magazine, Germany, April 2014
Du hast die Wahl
Essay, Austausch Kulturmagasin, Germany, 2013
Schreiben für den jungen Menschen in uns
Essay, Litteraturmachen, Voland&Quist, Germany 2013
Vox Populi: Money Talks
Essay, Max Joseph magazine, Germany, feb 2013
Europa. Wer bist Du? Wer möchtest Du sein?
Essay, Politiken Denmark/ Die Welt, DE 2012
Zwischen die Zeilen
Essay, Lettre Internationale, Germany, June 2012
Der Spion Nebenan
Essay, Cicero kultur-magasin, Germany, Jan 2011
Long live Denmark
Essay, Politiken, Denmark, August 2009
The Power of Art, the Art of Power
Essay, Politiken, march 2009
Short story, TransEuropeExpress, Italy 2008
Why no Guru is a True Guru
Essay, Corriere Della Serra, Italy, 2007
On Quality and Literature
Essay, Danish Professors’ Magazine, 2007
To See the One Who Sees You
Illustrated essay, Kunstf Gl. Strand, 2006
May Muhammad have Mercy on My Country
Essay, Information, 2006
Essay, Lettre Internationale 05
Our Different Realities
Essay, Lettre Internationale
With Hips Rolling and Eyes on the Ground
Essay, Gyldendal 05
Essay, Politikens Forlag, 2005
Between the Lines
Essay on literature and reality, Information, 2005
Ridder Rask og den Brune Bamse
Short story for children, Samvirke, april 2002
The Poverty Law
Filosophical law about material and spiritual poverty
Brøndums Danske Lov, Brøndums Forlag, 2000
Short storyt, anthology, Centrum, 2000
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania: Economist, UNDP
Responsible for Social Dimensions of Structural Adjustment (mitigation of adverse social effects of economic liberalization) - for a large part seconded to the Ministry of Finance/Planning Commission, advising on Macroeconomic policies (incl. at the Consultative Group meeting of Donors in Paris Dec. 1989).
Brussels, Belgium: Trade Policy expert/negotiator for the EU (Commission DGI - External Relations);
Responsible ia for/negotiating on behalf of the EU with developing countries in the GATT (now WTO) Uruguay Round.
New York, US: Executive Officer/Aide, UNDP
Special Assistant to the Administrator of UNDP: resposible for ensuring the functioning of the Administrator (executive head of the organisation), incl. speech writing and advising on Human Development, Crisis/Conflict Management, Democratization and Post-conflict reconciliation, as well as UN Organisational matters.
Executive Officer OPS/UNDP: responsible for the running of the OPS Director's office, incl. speech writing and advising on strategy/policy.
Maputo, Mozambique: Aide to the Special Representative of ONUMOZ (UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mozambique)
Responsible for the functioning of the Special Representative, advising the Spec. Repr. on Policy and implementation of the Peace Accord, demobilisation of soldiers, preparation of the civil society for peace and democracy, return of refugees, cease fire violations, torture cases, negotiations with the Mozambican governement and RENAMO, liaison with the International representations and Embassies in Maputo, as well as the conceptualisation and drafting of reports and resolutions for the Security Council, the Electoral Law, and policy communications between ONUMOZ and UN HQ on all these and other policy related matters.
Next to novel writing:
Consultant, Nordic Consulting Group:
responsible ia for macro- and socio-economic assessment of situations and needs in numerous countries, such as Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique and Egypt, related to a diverse range of poverty alleviation, humanitarian , post-conflict or other development programmes in all fields from energy and transport to civil society.