Tor Obrestad

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Tor Obrestad
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Born(1938-02-12)12 February 1938
, Norway
Died25 January 2020(2020-01-25) (aged 81)
Nærbø, Norway
OccupationNovelist, poet and documentary writer
GenrePoetry, short stories, biography

Tor Obrestad (12 February 1938 – 25 January 2020) was a Norwegian novelist, poet and documentary writer.


Early and personal life

Obrestad was born in on 12 February 1938. [1] His parents were farmer Jon R. Obrestad and Sophie Riise. [2]

He studied at the teacher's college in Elverum and worked as schoolteacher, and then atudied at the University of Oslo. He eventually became a full-time writer, and was also assigned as journalist for the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad . [2] He died on 25 January 2020. [1]

Literary career

Obrestad made his literary debut in 1966 with two books, the poetry collection Kollisjon and a collection of short stories, Vind, [1] and received Tarjei Vesaas' debutantpris for these two books. He was a member of the so-called Profil generation in 1968, the circle attached to the literary magazine Profil . [3] He wrote biographies on Arne Garborg, Hulda Garborg, Alexander Kielland and Einar Førde. [1]

His novel Sauda! Streik! from 1972 was adapted for a film directed by Oddvar Bull Tuhus in 1975. [1]

Selected works


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