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Agent: Lars Ringhof (Odin's Island / Europa/ Etc.)
Janne Teller (1964), Danish novelist of Austrian-German family background. Her literature that also includes essays and short stories, has received numerous literary grants and awards, and is today translated into 25 languages.
Since her 1999 debut novel, the highly acclaimed modern Nordic saga Odin's Island about political and religious fanaticism, she has published several best-selling and award winning novels. Nothing, Teller's existential and so far only novel for young adults, is the winner of the important Best Children's Book Prize from the Danish Cultural Ministry, Le Prix Libbylit 2008 for best novel for children in the French-speaking world, as well as in the US the 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Award and the Mildred Batchelder Honor Award. Among her other novels are Europa, all that you lack (Gyldendal 2004) about the significance of history in war and love set in the 1990s Balkans, as well as Come (Gyldendal 2008), a brief and intense existential novel about ethics in art and modern life.
Originally educated as a macro economist, Janne Teller has lived and worked with humanitarian and conflict resolution matters in places as diverse as Tanzania, Mozambique and Bangladesh. In 1995, she left her professional career with the United Nations to concentrate fully on her literature. She has lived and worked all over the world. Today, she resides in New York, and partly also in Berlin.
Janne Teller often participate in the public debate. Her philosophical and controversial books spark heated debate in Denmark, and increasingly also elsewhere.
- Come is published in Germany, Spain and Latin America in spring 2012.
- War is published in France, Hungary and Sweden in 2012. Le Monde: "Finally a necessary book!"
- Nothing has sold more than 200.000 copies in Germany since its publication in 2010, and is staged on numerous theatres. Now sold to 22 countries.
- Odin's Island and Europe. All that you lack published in Germany as btb pocket books 2011.