Linn Ullmann

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Linn Ullmann (born 1966) is the daughter of actress Liv Ullmann and director Ingmar Bergman, and a respected Norwegian author and journalist.

At an early age she occasionally appeared in her mother's films, and dreamt of becoming an opera-singer but dropped the idea since she couldn't sing. She then decided to follow in the footsteps of her famous mother, but after a few years at a theatre school in New York, the teacher told her she was a terrible actress. "My mother agreed with the teacher," Ullmann has told, "so I became a journalist." She studied literature for six years in New York, before going back to her native Norway and getting employed by Dagbladet, one of Norway's largest newspapers.

Eventually she would become one of the most prominent newspaper journalists in Norway, and subsequently a highly successful and Award winning author. As of 2005 she has written three novels, some of them translated into more than 30 languages, they have received critical acclaim also far outside Norway. Her debut novel, "Before You Sleep" was sold to 14 countries (including the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany) before it was even published in Norway, a flying start rarely bestowed upon Norwegian authors.

Ullmann resides in Oslo, Norway.

List of Works

  • Før du sovner (Before You Sleep) (1998)
  • Når jeg er hos deg (Stella Descending) (2003)
  • Nåde (Grace) (2005)

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