was a Norwegian teacher, poet, novelist, short story writer, biographer and non-fiction writer.
He was born in Sømna and grew up in Brønnøysund. He made his literary debut in 1970 with the poetry collection ... gagns menneske. His literary breakthrough came in 1980, with the documentary novel Sulis, the first of a four-volume chronicle about migrant railway construction workers in Northern Norway. He received the Nordland county's cultural award in 1991, and in the same year he received a lifelong government scholarship. Sanatorieliv from 2001 is a treatment of medical, social and cultural aspects of tuberculosis, partly based upon his own childhood experiences, when he spent eleven years in various sanatoriums. The book was awarded the Sverre Steen Prize from the Norwegian Historical Association in 2002.
He was also a long-time columnist for Klassekampen. He died in December 2015.
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