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Janne Teller is a critically acclaimed and best-selling Danish novelist and essayist of Austrian-German family background. She has received numerous literary grants and awards, including the prestigious American Michael L. Printz Honor Award for literary excellency and the Danish Drassow’s Literary Peace Prize. Her literature, which confronts philosophical questions in life and civilization and often sparks controversial debate, is today translated into 30 languages. Janne Teller has published six novels, including the modern Nordic saga Odin’s Island about political and religious fanaticism, as well as the existential Nothing that after initially being banned, is today considered a new classic by many critics. Her book, War – What If It Were Here about life as a refugee, is adapted by the author to each country where it is published. Janne Teller is also a human rights activist, and was one of the initiators of the 2013 Writers Against Mass Surveillance campaign. She is a member of the jury of the prestigious German Peace Prize. Originally educated as a macro-economist, in 1995 she dedicated herself full time to writing, Janne Teller has lived and worked with conflict resolution and humanitarian affairs for the EU and UN in Mozambique, Tanzania and many other countries around the world.