Louis Jensen

Louis Jensen

 

Denmark

 

Louis Jensen began by writing poetry and books for adults, his first collection of poems was published in 1973. Ten years later, his debut for children was a short story for an anthology Fantastic Tales. In the best Andersen tradition he writes fairy tales that are indeed fantastic: about love and compassion but also about the essence of evil. He has published nine collections of Hundrede firkantede historier (Hundred square stories, 1992-2014), though he imagines there are 1001 stories in his head. These stories have been published in several anthologies in Denmark and translated into English, German and Spanish.  His most famous novel, Skelettel på hjul (The skeleton on wheels, 1992) was originally a play: the story of a boy’s search for the soul of his murdered dog.  Other works include Den frygtelige hand (The terrible hand, 2001), 2 kroner og 25 øre (2 crowns and 25 ore, 2011) and Rejsen til Gud (The journey to God, 2011). Louis Jensen has received all Danish awards for literature for young people and in 2002 received recognition for his lifetime contributions from the Danish Art Foundation. He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000 and 2010 and was a Finalist in 2010.