Klaus Rifbjerg

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Klaus Rifbjerg (15 December 1931 – 4 April 2015) was a Danish writer. He authored more than 170 novels, books and essays. [1] In 1965 he co-produced the film 4x4 which was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. [2]

4x4 is a 1965 Nordic co-production drama film directed by Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt, Klaus Rifbjerg, Rolf Clemens, Maunu Kurkvaara and Jan Troell. It was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival winning a Special Diploma.

The 4th Moscow International Film Festival was held from 5 to 20 July 1965. The Grand Prix was shared between the Soviet film War and Peace directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and the Hungarian film Twenty Hours directed by Zoltán Fábri.



Rifbjerg was born in Copenhagen and grew up on the island of Amager, which is part of the city, the child of two teachers. Later he studied English and literature, in Copenhagen and for a year in the US at Princeton University.

Copenhagen Capital of Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. As of July 2018, the city has a population of 777,218. It forms the core of the wider urban area of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen metropolitan area. Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand; another small portion of the city is located on Amager, and it is separated from Malmö, Sweden, by the strait of Øresund. The Øresund Bridge connects the two cities by rail and road.

Amager island in the Øresund

Amager in the Øresund is Denmark's most densely populated island, with almost 200,000 inhabitants on the small appendix to Zealand. The protected natural area of Naturpark Amager makes up more than one-third of the island's total area of 96 km2.

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His breakthrough was in 1958 with the novel Den kroniske Uskyld. It was made into a film in 1985, directed by Edward Fleming. From that time on he published more than 100 novels as well as poetry and short story collections, plays, TV and radio plays, film scripts, children's books and diaries. Rifbjerg is also known for having been a journalist and critic. Along with Villy Sørensen, he was editor of the publication Vindrosen , and from 1984 to 1991 he was the literary director of Gyldendal.

Villy Sørensen was a Danish short-story writer, philosopher and literary critic of the Modernist tradition. His fiction was heavily influenced by his philosophical ideas, and he has been compared to Franz Kafka in this regard. He was the most influential and important Danish philosopher since Søren Kierkegaard.

Vindrosen was a Danish modernist cultural and literary magazine existed between 1954 and 1974.

Among other honors, he was awarded the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize (1999), known as the 'little Nobel'[ citation needed ]; The Nordic Council's Literature Prize (1970), the Rungstedlund Award (2009) and the grand prize of the Danish Academy (1966).

The Nordic Prize is a literary award presented annually by the Swedish Academy. The recipient is someone from the Nordic countries who has done significant work in any of the Academy's areas of operations or interests. The inaugural award was in 1986 and was founded with a donation from Karen and Karl Ragnar Gierows. The prize amount consists of kr 400,000. The prize has been referred to as the "little Nobel" because it is awarded by the same Academy that gives the Nobel Prize.

Rungstedlund Award

The Rungstedlund Award is an award of honor, founded by the Rungstedlund Foundation (Rungstedlundfonden) in 1991. The DKK 25,000 prize is annually handed to a person who has made a notable contribution in an area which interested Karen Blixen. The prize is handed at the birthday of Karen Blixen on 17 April. The award comes from a gift from Hørsholm Municipality at the opening of the Karen Blixen Museum on 14 May 1991.

Rifbjerg has been seen as the first true modernist author in Danish, as he became increasingly more experimental though the 1960s, culminating with Anna (jeg) Anna . Many of his works from 1970 and some 25 years on are seen as being looser in scope and composition, often humorous or sarcastic, often leaving the protagonist chaotically alone with his or her existential and psychological hangups, subtly exemplifying modernism as the breakdown of the normality of the bourgeoisie. A principal theme is the portrayal of children and their difficulties establishing their own identity. Rifbjerg's works from the 2000s opened a new line of inspiration: historic events.

Anna, I, Anna is a 1970 novel by Danish author Klaus Rifbjerg. It won the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 1970.

On 4 April 2015 Rifbjerg died in Copenhagen after a long illness, aged 83. [3] [4] [5]


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  1. Afterbeat. En samtale med Klaus Rifbjerg, Henrik Juul Jensen, 1996, ISBN   87-16-14257-8
  2. "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  3. "Klaus Rifbjerg skrev over 150 titler - nu er han død" (in Danish). Information.dk. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  4. Danmarks Radio (2015-04-05). "Forfatteren Klaus Rifbjerg er død" [The author Klaus Rifbjerg is dead]. dr.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  5. Rifbjerg remembered for writing style, legacy