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Klaus Rifbjerg

Klaus Rifbjerg (born December 15, 1931) is a Danish writer. He has written more than 170 novels, books and essays. Rifbjerg was born in Copenhagen and grew up on the island of Amager, a part of the city, the child of two teachers. Later he studied English and literature, in Copenhagen and for a year in the United States at Princeton University. His breakthrough was in 1958 with the novel Den kroniske Uskyld. It was made into a film in 1985, directed by Edward Fleming. Since then he has 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 as 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. Among other honors, he was awarded the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize (1999), known as the 'little Nobel'; The Nordic Council's Literature Prize, and the grand prize of the Danish Academy. He has been seen as the first true modernist author in Danish, being increasingly more experimental though the 1960s, culminating with "Anna (jeg) Anna".

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