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Janne Teller (1964), Danish novelist of Austrian-German background. Her literature that also includes essays and short stories, has received numerous literary awards and grants, and is today translated into a total of 25 languages.
Always confronting the larger philosophical questions of life and modern civilization, her books often spark controversial debate, with the novel 'Nothing' even being banned for a number of years.
Janne Teller has ia, published the novel Odin's Island (1999), a modern Nordic saga and parable of political, historical and religious dispute, The Trampling Cat (2004) about the significance of history in war and love, Come, an existential novel about ethics in art and modern life, and most recently 'African Roads' (2013). She has also published the existential YA bestseller novel Nothing (2000) which has won numerous international prizes and by many critics is already considered a modern classic; the passport book 'War, what if' about life as a refugee; and the short story collection 'Everything' (2013).
Janne Teller has published a number of essays and short stories in Danish and International magazines.
Originally educated as a macro economist (M.Sc.econ), Janne Teller has lived and worked with development and conflict resolutions all over the world, 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. These days she splits her time between New York and Berlin.
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, best children's novel of the year published in French, 'Rien'
Cultural Ministry's Prize, Denmark 2001, best children's book of the year, Intet.