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Eystein Eggen (5 January 1944 in Oslo – 19 November 2010) was a Norwegian writer.[1] Eggen is from a family with several other contemporary Norwegian writers.

As a novelist, Eggen made his debut with an about the life and death of general Carl Gustav Fleischer, the Norwegian commander in chief at Narvik 1940. He also wrote a portrait of the writer Agnar Mykle, his father-in-law and has written novels with topics from medieval Norway. In 1993 Eggen published The boy from Gimle—the autobiographical story of a Norwegian childhood in a Nazi milieu. As a consequence, two years later the Norwegian war children got an official excuse.[citation needed] Eggen became a State Scholar in 2003. "He is a symbol of an entire generation", the spokesman for the Norwegian Labour Party said in parliament.


  1. ^ "Eystein Eggen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 25 November 2010.

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