Linn Ullmann

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Linn Ullmann
Photo: Agnete Brun
Born (1966-08-09) 9 August 1966 (age 49)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Alma mater New York University
Spouse Niels Fredrik Dahl
Children 4
Relatives Liv Ullmann (mother)
Ingmar Bergman (father)

Linn Ullmann, originally Karin Beate Ullmann (born 9 August 1966 in Oslo, Norway), is a Norwegian author and journalist. A prominent literary critic, she also writes a column for Norway's leading morning newspaper and has published four novels.

Early life[edit]

Ullmann was born in Oslo, Norway to Norwegian actress, author and director Liv Ullmann and Swedish director and screenwriter Ingmar Bergman. She grew up in New York City[1][2] and Oslo.[3]

Ullmann attended Professional Children's School in Manhattan.[4][5] When she was fifteen, she was kicked out of Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.[6] She attended Juilliard School as a prospective dancer[1] and graduated from New York University, where she studied English literature and began work on her Ph.D.


When her first and critically acclaimed novel Before You Sleep was published in 1998, she was already known as an influential literary critic. Her second novel, Stella Descending was published in 2001 and her third novel Grace was published in 2002. For Grace, Ullmann received the literary award The Readers' Prize in Norway, and Grace was named one of the top ten novels that year by the prestigious newspaper Weekendavisen in Denmark. In 2007, Grace was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in the United Kingdom, and in March the same year, the Norwegian theater Riksteatret played a successful run of the theatrical play Grace, based on the novel.

Ullmann's fourth novel A Blessed Child was published in Norway the fall of 2005, and it was shortlisted for the prestigious Norwegian literature prize – the Brage Prize. In 2007, she was awarded the Amalie Skram Award for her literary work, and she received Gullpennen (the Golden Pen) for her journalism in Norway's leading morning newspaper Aftenposten. In 2008, A Blessed Child was named Best Translated novel in the British newspaper The Independent, and in 2009 the novel was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize[7][8] and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in the UK. Ullmann's novels are published throughout Europe and the United States and are translated into 30 languages.

Ullmann is co-founder (2009) and former Artistic Director of the international artist residency foundation The Bergman Estate on Fårö.

She served on the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[9]

Ullmann's fifth novel, The Cold Song, was published in Norway on 24 November 2011.

Ullmann is married to Niels Fredrik Dahl, a novelist, playwright and poet. They live in Oslo with their four children.

Literary works[edit]

  • Before You Sleep (Før du sovner) 1998
  • Stella Descending (Når jeg er hos deg) 2001
  • Grace (Nåde) 2002
  • A Blessed Child (Et Velsignet Barn) 2005
  • The Cold Song (Det dyrebare) 2011

Literary awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dunnett, Ninian (19 August 2004). "Light in the darkness" (PDF). The Scotsman. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Linn Ullmann". Tweed's. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Linn Ullman". Penguin House. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI". Professional Children's School. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Celeb Brats Can Be Model Kids, Too". 20 June 1983. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "LINN ULLMANN". December 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Independent UK
  8. ^ Review in the Guardian
  9. ^ "The Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes". Cannes. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 

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