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Suzanne Brøgger

Biography

Suzanne Brøgger was born in Copenhagen in 1944. Her parents divorced five years later. Her mother remarried that same year and her new husband, Svend Brøgger, adopted both of his wife’s children by her previous marriage. He worked for UNICEF and the family spent time abroad, in Sri Lanka and Thailand. Brøgger had a brief fling with a French diplomat when she was in Bangkok, aged sixteen. Her mother and stepfather divorced twenty years later and though her mother reverted to her maiden name, Brøgger kept her stepfather’s name. Her mother had had several mental health issues, including suicide attempts.

Brøgger studied Russian and French at University of Copenhagen, working as a model and in film and theatre. Her first book – Fri os fra kærligheden (Deliver Us from Love) – was an essay collection critical of the western way of life. She is best known for her family saga, Jadekatten (Jade Cat). However she also worked as a war correspondent, travelling to Vietnam to cover the Vietnam War from the women’s point of view. She went on to write many books, essays, fiction and poetry.

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Two translated essays by Suzanne Brøgger
Suzanne Brøgger (in Danish)

Bibliography

1973 Fri os fra kærligheden (Deliver Us from Love)
1975 Kærlighedens veje & vildveje
1978 Creme fraiche
1979 En gris som har været oppe at slås kan man ikke stege (A Fighting Pig’s Too Tough to Eat and Other Prose Texts)
1980 Brøg, essays og journalistik fra 1960’erne
1981 Tone
1984 JA
1986 Den pebrede susen
1988 Livsformer essay “Om at kysse hesten”
1988 Edvard og Elvira
1990 Min verden i en nøddeskal
1991 Efter Orgiet
1993 Paradisets Mave
1993 Transparence
1995 Løvespor
1997 Jadekatten (Jade Cat)
1998 Et frit og muntert lig
1999 Lotusøje
2000 Sejd
2001 Linda Evangelista Olsen
2006 Sølve
2008 Sløret
2010 Jeg har set den gamle verden forsvinde hvor er mine øreringe? Breve til Prinsen af Mogadonien
2013 Til T
2016 En sommer med Emmanuelle Arsan
2017 Koral – en romanbiografi
2018 Norsk Omelet
2019 Drøm en lille drøm med os
2019 Om kvinder
2020 Liberated : Selected Essays