Lars Saabye Christensen is a Norwegian author and poet. He was born in Oslo in 1953. Saabye Christensen studied literature, Norwegian, art history and history of ideas at the university. He has written numerous poems and plays, and several film scripts, but is best known as a novelist. Among his most noted works are the novels Beatles (1984), for which he won the Cappelen Prize, and Halvbroren (The Half Brother, 2001), for which he won the Brage Prize, two other Norwegian literary awards, and The Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, and which was also shortlisted for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Saabye Christensen was chosen as the most beloved Norwegian author in the last decades by Norwegian readers. In 2006 he was made a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. In 2008 he was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Government. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature.