Klaus Rifbjerg

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Klaus Rifbjerg (2001)

Klaus Rifbjerg (born December 15, 1931 in Copenhagen , † April 4, 2015 ) was a Danish writer . He was one of the most prolific contemporary writers in Denmark and has created a wide variety of works.


Rifbjerg grew up on the island of Amager in Öresund on the east coast of Sjælland . His parents were both teachers and Rifbjerg was raised relatively freely. He later studied English and literature , both in Copenhagen and for a year in the USA . However, he dropped out of his studies to first become a director and later a critic and writer.

His breakthrough came in 1958 with the novel Den kroniske Uskyld ( Eng . The Chronic Innocence ), which is about teenagers and their sexual experiences and problems. This novel was made into a film under the direction of Edward Fleming in 1985. Since 1956 Rifbjerg has published over 100 novels as well as collections of poems and novels, plays, television and radio plays, film manuscripts, children's books and diaries.

Rifbjerg was also known as a journalist and critic. With Villy Sørensen he was editor of Vindrosen magazine during the breakthrough period of modernism and from 1984 he was literary director at Gyldendal publishing house for seven years .

He was married in 1955 to the translator Inge Rifbjerg, with whom he had three children, including the jazz musician Frands Rifbjerg , with whom he also recorded his jazz oratorio I den lille By .

Works (selection)

Klaus Rifbjerg (2008)
  • Under vejr med mig selv (1956)
  • Efterkrig (1957)
  • The kroniske uskyld (1958)
  • Confrontation (1960)
  • Operaelskeren (1966)
  • Lonni and Karl (1968)
  • Anna (jed) Anna (1969)
  • Lena Jørgensen Klintevej 2650 Hvidovre (1971)
  • Tak for turen (1975)
  • Falsk forår (1984)
  • Nansen and Johansen (2002)
  • Knastørre digte / Straw-dry poems (2009)

Many of his works have been translated into other languages ​​and one of his main themes is depicting people - finding one's identity and its problems.

Works in German translation:

  • The quick day is gone (Roman, Würzburg 1962; translated by Hanns Grössel , also under the title Innschuld , Frankfurt 1971, ISBN 3-436-01319-6 .)
  • The opera lover (Roman, Frankfurt / Main 1968; translated by Heinz Kulas)
  • Travelers (Erzählungen, Berlin / Ost 1973; translated by Gerd Danweger, Ursula Gunsilius, Werner Hennig, Gisela Kosubek - with an afterword edited by Alfred Antkowiak)
  • Address: Lena Jørgensen, Copenhagen (Roman, Berlin / Ost 1974; translated by Udo Birckholz)
  • Dilettanten (Roman, Berlin / Ost 1976; translated by Ruth Stöbling )
  • Sommer (short stories, Berlin / Ost 1977; translated by Lutz Volke )
  • A face turned away (Roman, Berlin / Ost 1981; translated by Lutz Volke)
  • Wrong Spring (Roman, Berlin / Ost 1987; translated by Lutz Volke)
  • Cheeky and not a word about war (Roman, Hamburg 1990; translated by Peter Urban-Halle )
  • Clock strike of the dissolved time (poems in bilingual edition, Berlin 1991; translated and edited with an afterword by Lutz Volke)
  • Septembersang / Septembersong (poems in bilingual edition, Münster 1991; translated by Peter Urban-Halle)
  • Private matter (poems, Berlin 1992, translated by Gregor Laschen, Lisa Bostrup, Christoph Schumann and Lutz Volke)
  • The picture (Roman, Witzwort 2004; translated by Lutz Volke and edited with a comment by Kerstin Hensel )
  • Nansen and Johansen (Roman, Hamburg 2005; translated by Walburg Wohlleben)
  • Knastørre digte / Strohtrockene Gedichte (poems in bilingual edition, Leipzig 2009; translated by Lutz Volke and edited with an afterword by Paul Alfred Kleinert )

Filmography (screenplay)

  • 1962: Weekend
  • 1964: Two (To)
  • 1966: Once upon a time there was a war (Der var engang en krig)
  • 1982: The eagle's flight (Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd)
  • 1983: Tukuma
  • 1987: Katinka


Web links

Commons : Klaus Rifbjerg  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Klaus Rifbjerg død Ekstrabladet, April 5, 2015
  2. Klaus Rifbjerg & Carsten Dahl's Quintet: Jazz-oratorium - I Den Lille By (Ex Libris 2003).