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Asta Olivia Nordenhof (1988) is an award-winning poet and author from Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a graduate from the prestigious Danish Academy of Creative Writing, where she now teaches.

Nordenhof made her literary debut in 2011 with the novel Et ansigt il Emily (A Face for Emily), for which she was awarded the Munch-Christensen Debut Award. Her 2013 collection of poems titled det nemme og det ensomme (the easiness and the loneliness) sold more than 10 000 copies in Danmark, and she won a number of prizes, among them the Montana Literary Award.

In 2020, Nordenhof published her latest novel Penge på lommen (Money to Burn). It is the first book in a planned septology revolving around the fire on the passenger ferry Scandinavian Star.

For Money to Burn, Asta Olivia Nordenhof has been awarded the PO Enquist Prize and the European Union Prize for Literaure. She was also shortlisted for the Nordic Council Literature Prize.

Asta Olivia by Albert Madsen

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Asta Olivia by Albert Madsen Photo by (c) Albert Madsen
Asta Olivia by Albert Madsen Photo by (c) Albert Madsen
Asta Olivia by Albert Madsen Photo by (c) Albert Madsen
Asta Olivia by Albert Madsen Photo by (c) Albert Madsen

Awards

2021 – Shortlisted for The Nordic Council Literature Prize for Money to Burn
2020 – Winner of the European Union Prize for Literaure for Money to Burn
2020 – The P.O. Enquist Prize for Money to Burn
2014 – Klaus Rifbjerg’s Debutant Prize
2013 – Montana Literature Prize
2013 – The Snow Queen Talent Prize
2012 – Winner of the Bodil & Jørgen Munch Christensens Debut Award for Et ansigt for Emily

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