Janne Teller

Janne Teller

Janne Teller is a critically acclaimed and bestselling Danish novelist and essayist of Austrian-German origin. She has published six novels, including Odin’s Island, a contemporary Nordic saga about religious and political fanaticism; Europe, all that you lack, about love, European identity, and the meaning of history in the war-torn Balkans; and Come, about ethics in the modern world. Her existential young adult novel Nothing was initially banned in Denmark; today it is an international bestseller, considered by many critics to be a modern classic. She is also the author of War - What If it Were Here, a passport-style book about life as a refugee, which she rewrites and adapts for each country where it is published. Janne Teller’s work has been translated into more than 25 languages. She has received numerous literary grants and awards, including the prestigious American Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Literary excellence in 2011.

Before devoting herself full time to her fiction writing, Janne Teller studied macro-economics and worked for the United Nations and the European Union on conflict resolution and humanitarian issues in many countries around the world, particularly in Africa. She lived for several years in Mozambique, Tanzania, and New York. She now lives in Berlin.