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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 more than 26 languages.
Always confronting the larger philosophical questions of life and modern civilization, her books often spark controversial debate.
Janne Teller has published ia, the novel Odin's Island (1999), a modern Nordic saga and parable of political, historical and religious dispute, Europa, All that you Lack (2004) about the significance of history in war and love, Come, an existential novel about ethics in art and modern life, and most recently the novella African Roads (2013), and the shortstory collection Everything (2013).
She has also published the existential YA/crossover novel Nothing (2000) which was first banned, then has become an international bestseller, winning numerous international prizes and is today by many critics already deemed a modern classic. Her unique passport-shaped book War, what if it were here about life as a refugee, she transforms to each country in which it is published - by now 16, and still growing (something, to the best of our knowledge, no author in the world has done before).
Janne Teller has published a number of essays and short stories in Danish and International newspapers and magazines, such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Lettre Internationale and PEN Atlas- and often participates in the international public debate. Together with six other authors, she instigated the 2013 worldwide campaign 'Writers Against Mass Surveillance'. Since 2014, she's a member of the Jury for the prestigious German Literature Peace Prize. In December 2016, Janne Teller was designated European Cultural Heritage Ambassador by Germany.
Originally educated a macro economist (M.Sc.econ), Janne Teller has lived and worked with conflict resolution & humanitarian issues 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. She has lived for years as an international nomade, in Paris, in Milan, in New York ... These days she splits her time between Elsinore and Berlin.
Drassow's Prize, Denmark 2014, literary works towards peace & human understanding
Peter Pan Prize, Silverstar, Sweden 2013 (for 'War, what if...)
Teskedsordnen, Sweden 2012 (anti-fanaticism prize for 'war, what if...')
Michael L. Printz Honor, USA 2011, for literary excellence
Mildred. L. Batchelder Honor Award, USA 2011
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.
¤¤ Frankfurt Undercover, an initiative of author-only debates founded and hosted by Janne Teller and the Frankfurt Book Fair, running from 8-10 October 2014, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. http://www.themalaymailonline.com/read/article/frankfurt-book-fair-chance-for-top-authors-brainstorm-hot-issues
¤¤ Janne Teller is one of the initiators to a series of peace readings in the Katharinenkirche, Zwischen Zeilen, in Frankfurt, 7-12 October 2014: http://www.friedenspreis-des-deutschen-buchhandels.de/817038/
¤¤ Janne Teller was one of the seven initiators of the Writers Against Mass Surveillance initiative: www.change.org/surveillance