Ia Genberg

Ia Genberg (b. 1967) began her writing career as a journalist and debuted as an author in 2012 with the novel Sweet Friday. She has since then written the novel Belated Farewell (2013), the short story collection Small Comfort & Four Other Tales About Money (2018) and The Details (2022). All of which have been highly critically acclaimed and appeared at the top of the bestseller lists.

Her latest novel, The Details, winner of the August Prize 2022, has been met with a hymn of praises from readers as well as critics and has been on the national bestseller list and on top of the critics’ list for several consecutive weeks.


Aftonbladet Literary Prize Sweden – Detaljerna The Details 2023
Shortlisted for the Vi Literary Award Sweden – Detaljerna The Details 2023
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Fiction) Sweden – Detaljerna The Details 2023
Shortlisted for Svenska Dagbladet’s Literature Prize Sweden – Detaljerna The Details 2022
Winner of the August Prize 2022 (Best fiction of the year) Sweden – Detaljerna The Details 2022
Shortlisted for the Adlibris Awards (Best Fiction) Sweden – Detaljerna The Details 2022
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‘The Details’ and ‘The Devil’s Grip’ on Litteratursiden’s ‘Best translated books of the year 2023’ list

Ia Genberg’s The Details and Lina Wolff’s The Devil’s Grip are two of the titles featured on the Danish Litteratursiden’s “Best translated books of the year 2023” list. The Details is also seen on the list for “10 most popular books of the year“.

Litteratursiden’s writers’ group consists of critics, researchers, editors, librarians, writers, journalists and cultural figures.

‘The Details’ sold to 30 territories

Ia Genberg’s award winning and internationally praised novel The Details has officially reached 30 territories.

The novel won the prestigious August Prize in 2022 and has since its release traveled the world with brilliant reception, The New York Times writes: “Genberg’s marvelous prose is also a kind of fever, mesmerizing and hot to the touch.”


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Ia Genberg awarded the Aftonladet Literary Prize

The Aftonbladet Literary Prize 2022 is awarded to Ia Genberg, writer of the August prize winning and highly acclaimed The Details. The jury’s motivation is as follows: With the latest novel, the curiosity for humans is refined as the author’s signum. The vision is clear, yet forgiving. It relies on the people who come and go through a life and who’s imprints make us who we are. The book stays close to every day life, but billows like a body in constant movement. With a focus on the concentration of moments, the story reaches beyond clichés and the latches of chronology.” 

The prize has since 1957 been awarded “on exclusively artistic grounds to any Swedish writer who is still in creative development”.

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Ia Genberg’s ‘The Details’ nominated for the Vi Literary Award

Ia Genberg’s award-winning The Details has been nominated for the 2022 Magazine Vi’s Literary Award.

The jury’s motivation reads as follows:

“With humor and thorough melancholy, in The Details, Ia Genberg shows how we prevail through each other. The novel portrays and casts light on four relationships which once shook existence. With a meticulous psychological ear, the past is written just as vividly as life itself.”

The award was founded in 1947 and has been granted to Astrid Lindgren, Mikael Niemi, Sara Stridsberg, and Lina Wolff amongst others.

The Storytel Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for this year’s Swedish Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Lars Kepler’s The Spider, Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King, Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights, Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing, and Liza Marklund’s The Mire.

The Details by Ia Genberg is featured within the fiction category.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen and Mats Wänblad’s The Happiness Cure for Teens and Elaf Ali’s Who Said Anything About Love? feature on the YA list, whilst Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery and Stories from Valleby: The mysterious letter are in the running for the children’s books award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 5, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

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‘Killing Moon’ No. 1 in Sweden

Jo Nesbø’s thirteenth novel in the Harry Hole series, Killing Moon, was just published in Sweden and went straight to No. 1 on the official weekly bestseller list for hardcover fiction. Ia Genberg’s award-winning The Details is No. 5.

The most sold books of 2022 in Sweden

The official list of the bestselling books of 2022 has just been released. Published towards the end of October, Lars Kepler’s The Spider performed a remarkable feat and became the most sold novel in Sweden of last year. Also featuring on the top 10 is Ia Genberg’s August Prize winning The Details which comes in at No. 9 on the fiction list, Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong at No. 8 on the non-fiction list and No. 4 on the paperback list. The paperback list also sees Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For on the No. 2 spot and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle at No. 5, while Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery takes the No. 8 spot on the children’s list.

The December bestseller lists in Sweden

The final bestseller lists of December 2022 in Sweden saw Lars Kepler, Kristina Ohlsson and Ia Genberg all claim spots in the top. Lars Kepler’s The Spider became the No. 1 most sold hardcover fiction title of December, while Kristina Ohlsson’s Ice Breaker is No. 1 in paperback. Ia Genberg’s award-winning The Details came in at No. 3 in hardcover fiction on the weekly lists, and became the fifth most sold hardcover title of December.

Ia Genberg and Kristina Ohlsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

The August Prize winning The Details by Ia Genberg shoots to No. 3 on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover fiction. The No. 1 spot on the paperback list meanwhile goes to Kristina Ohlsson and Icebreaker, which places first for the third week in a row.

Ia Genberg shortlisted for Svenska Dagbladet’s Literature Prize

Ia Genberg’s The Details is nominated for the prestigious Svenska Dagbladet’s Literature Prize 2022.

The prize was inaugurated in 1944 and is awarded to a promising Swedish author whose authorship is in strong development. Previous winners include writers such as Lina Wolff, Per Wahlöö and P O Enquist. 

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Ia Genberg the winner of the August Prize 2022

Ia Genberg is the winner of the 2022 August Prize for ‘Best Fiction’. Her hauntingly beautiful novel The Details is praised by the jury with the motivation: “In The Details a burning fever becomes a portal to the past and those relationships that once meant everything – in a life that no longer exists. With melancholy, precision and humorous undertones, Ia Genberg conjures the fragments that make up a person, and allows her voice to resonate with its distinctive tonality. In this highly perceptive feel for the small details, an entire world comes alive.”

The August Prize is an annual Swedish literary prize awarded each year since 1989 by the Swedish Publishers’ Association. The prize is awarded to the best Swedish book of the year.

The Adlibris Awards 2022

The nominees for 2022’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the Adlibris Award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the site’s greatest titles. The 10 nominated titles in the 9 respective categories have been selected by a jury of Adlibris employees from all works published in 2022.

Ia Genberg’s The Details is shortlisted in the ’Fiction’ category.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Lars Kepler’s The Spider, Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing and Liza Marklund’s The Mire.

In the ‘Childrens’ category – Jonas Gardell’s The Story of the Little Sparrow is shortlisted for ‘Children’s 0-6’ and Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery is nominated for ‘Children’s 6-12’. Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues for Teens is nominated for the ‘Young Adult’ category.

The winners will be announced on January 25, 2023.

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