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Gert Nygårdshaug

Norwegian writer

1946   -  

country of citizenship: Norway
languages spoken, written or signed: Norwegian
educated at: University of Oslo
occupation: writer, children's writer, poet
award received: Cappelen Prize

Gert Hermod Nygårdshaug (born 22 March 1946 at Tynset) is a Norwegian author. He has written poems, children's books and novels, and is in particular known for the series of crime novels featuring the gastronomer amateur detective Fredric Drum. Nygårdshaug's writing enjoys a diverse background from his extensive knowledge and travelling, in particular in South America. Ancient cultures, archaeology, fly fishing, gastronomy and wine are some of the recurring themes in his novels based on his own personal interests and hobbies. In 2004 the South African film company Lithium Entertainment bought the film rights to four of Nygårdshaug’s books: Mengele Zoo, Himmelblomsttreets muligheter (Heaven’s Flower Tree), Prost Gotvins geometri (Priest Gotvin’s Geometry) and Afrodites basseng (The Pool of Aphrodite).The eco crime novel Mengele Zoo (1989) was in 2007 voted "the People's Favourite" during the literature festival of Lillehammer.Nygårdshaug resides in Lier, and has been a minor ticket candidate for the political party Red.
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