Kim Leine

Kim Leine in Leipzig 2014
Kim Leine
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Kim Leine Rasmussen (b. 28 August 1961 in Seljord, Telemark) is a Danish-Norwegian author who writes about Greenland.[1]

His books have been translated into twenty languages[2] and won several prestigious literary prizes. His novel The Prophets of Eternal Fjord won six literature prizes in 2012 and 2013.[3][4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

He spent his childhood years in the Norwegian village of Seljord, where the family was characterized by their Jehovah's Witness faith. In 1978 he moved to Denmark, where he lived with his father for five years. He then trained as a nurse at Bispebjerg Nursing School in 1987. In 1989 he moved with his wife to Greenland, where they lived for 3 years in Nuuk and later in East Greenland and Langeland. In 2000 he was divorced and in 2004 he returned to Denmark. After reading and writing continuously since the age of 12, he made his debut at the age of 46 with the novel Kalak. He has two children from his first marriage in the 1980s and two from his current marriage.



  • Kalak (2007)
  • Valdemarsdag (2008)
  • Tunu (2009)
  • Profeterne i Evighedsfjorden (2012); English translation: The Prophets of Eternal Fjord part 1 of the Greenlandic trilogy
  • Afgrunden (2015)
  • De søvnløse (2016)
  • Rød mand/Sort mand (Gyldendal, 2018); English translation: The Colony of Good Hope (March 2022) part 2 of the Greenlandic trilogy
  • Efter Åndemaneren (Gyldendal, 2021) part 3 of the Greenlandic trilogy

Children's books[edit]

  • Drengen der drog nordpå med sin far for at finde julemanden (2015), illustrated by Peter Bay Alexandersen
  • Skovpigen Skærv (2016), illustrated by Peter Bay Alexandersen
  • Pigen der kunne tale med hunde (2017), illustrated by Peter Bay Alexandersen


  • Trojka 1: Skarabæens time (2018), illustrated by Søren Mosdal[7]

Literary prizes[edit]


  1. ^ "Leine, Kim — Forfatterweb". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Leine Snuck Through the Eye of the Needle: Shortlisted for One of the World's Heaviest Book Prizes". 11 April 2017. Archived from the original on 7 November 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Literature Prizewinners 1962 - 2013". Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ Jensen, Liz (2016-01-16). "The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine review – 'utterly unpredictable to the very last page'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  5. ^ Library, The New York Public (2018-12-12), Kim Leine with Simon Winchester: Arctic Imagination | LIVE from the NYPL, retrieved 2019-04-14
  6. ^ "Book Talk: Kim Leine on "The Prophets of Eternal Fjord" | Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies". Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  7. ^ "Trojka 1: Skarabæens time" (in Danish). Forlaget Fahrenheit. Retrieved 2019-04-23.

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