Rifbjerg, Klaus (1931–2015) By Magnusson, Gisli
Since the late 1950s, Klaus Rifbjerg has been a dominant figure of literary modernism in Denmark. His productivity is legendary (his bibliography includes more than 200 titles) and encompasses many genres: novels, short stories, poetry, drama (including film and TV), revue, travelogue, memoirs, children’s books, essays, and journalism. His style varies from complex and difficult modernist poetry to immediately intelligible realism. Not merely an author, Ribjerg was also editor of the literary magazine Vindrosen (1959–63, with Villy Sørensen), and chief editor at the publishing house Gyldendal (1984–91). Rifbjerg has been awarded the grand prize of the Danish Academy (1966), The Nordic Council’s Literature Prize (1970), and the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize (1999).