Nikolaj Frobenius

Theory and Practice

Theory and Practice is a mendacious autobiography about growing up in the suburb of Rykkinn, outside Oslo. It is the not-quite-truse story of Nikolaj, son of an architect, and his Family, who move into his father's idea of paradise (at least in theory) in 1972. It is a novel that goes Beyond the limits of realism, blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality, raising the question of whether it is possible to be consistently truthful when writing about one's own life, or whether falsehood is, in the last instance, the most honest approach.

Nikolaj Frobenius

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Christian Elgvin

Nikolaj Frobenius is born in Oslo in 1965.

He made his debut with the poetry and essay collection, Whirl/Virvl, in 1986. He received his breakthrough both in Norway and abroad in 1996 with his novel Latour’s Catalogue, and his books have been translated into numerous languages. Frobenius studied film at The London Institute and has written several film scripts, including the thriller Insomnia (1997), which was subsequently produced in a new version in Hollywood. In 2003 his play, Mikromani, was staged at the National Theatre in Oslo. Nikolaj Frobenius was the editor of Vinduet, a literary quarterly, from 1998 – 2000 and has worked as a feature film consultant since 2005.

Rights sold to

Russia, Azbooka

Other titles

Dark Branches (2013)
You Were so Deeply Loved (2011)
I Will Show You Fear (novel 2008)
The Very Least (2003)

Foreign rights

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2013: Nominated for the Riverton Prize
2013: Nominated for the Young People's Critics' Prize
2013: Nominated for the P2 Listeners' Prize
2011: Prix Jean Monnet des Jeunes Européens (for I Will Show You Fear)
2008: The P2 Listeners' Novel Prize
2008: The Young People's Critics' Prize
2008: Nominated for the Brage Prize
2008: Nominated for the Booksellers' Prize
2004: The Oslo Prize
2004: Nominated for The Brage Prize
1998: Nominated for The Aristeion Prize
1997: Anders Jahre’s Prize for Young Artists

Edited October 04, 2017 by Gyldendal Agency