Gunnhild Øyehaug

Dream Writer

A woman is unsuccessful in removing varnish from her nails, a professor of literature is to cycle home from a lecture and ends up in a nightmare, a woman dreams continually of something else than this, someone disappears through the side of a bus on a perfectly ordinary rainy day, and intellectual crises also occur in outer space. In brief glimpses life perhaps reveals itself in its purest form, either in dreams or when awake, but who can understand it and who can relate it?
Dream Writer asks.

Gunnhild Øyehaug

Magne Sandnes

Gunnhild Øyehaug (b. 1975) lives in Bergen. She teaches at the Academy of Creative Writing in Hordaland and has been an editor of the literary journals Kraftsentrum and Vagant, and a literary critic in Morgenbladet and Klassekampen.

She made her debut with the poetry collection Slave of the Blueberry in 1998. She has written a short story collection (Knots, 2004), which was published in the United States (FSG) in 2017 and received wonderful reviews. She published an essay collection (Chair and Ecstasy, 2006), and had her great breakthrough with her first novel, Wait, Blink in 2008. The novel was published to great acclaim in Denmark (Gyldendal), Sweden (Forum) and Germany (Suhrkamp), and in 2017, Farrar, Straus and Giroux acquired the English rights to the novel. A film version of the novel was made in 2015. In 2017, Øyehaug’s debut collection, Knots, as well as to her break through novel, Wait, Blink.

Other titles

Undis Brekke (2014)
Wait, Blink (2008)
Chair and Ecstasy (2006)
Knots (2004)

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Øyehaug has won several prizes for her writing, among them the Hunger Prize (2009) and the Dobloug Prize (2009).

Edited October 23, 2017 by Kolon forlag