Janne Teller is a Danish novelist of Austrian-German background. Her literature, which also includes essays and short stories, has received numerous literary grants and awards, and is translated into 25 languages.
Always confronting the larger philosophical questions of life and modern civilization, her books often spark controversial debate, with the novel Nothing even being banned for a number of years.
Janne Teller has published the novel Odin’s Island (1999), a modern Nordic saga and parable of political, historical and religious dispute, The Trampling Cat (2004) about the significance of history in war and love, Come, an existential novel about ethics in art and modern life, and most recently African Roads (2013). She has also published the existential young-adult novel Nothing (2000) which has won numerous international prizes and by many critics is already considered a modern classic, the passport book War, what if about life as a refugee, and the short story collection Everything (2013).
In December 2013, Janne Teller co-organized A Stand for Democracy in the Digital Age, a petition signed by 562 world renowned contemporary authors, protesting against mass surveillance in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. Five Nobel laureates were signatories to the open appeal to governments, corporations and the United Nations.
Originally educated as a macro economist, Janne Teller has lived and worked with development and conflict resolutions, in places as diverse as Tanzania, Mozambique, and Bangladesh. In 1995, she left her professional career with the United Nations to concentrate fully on her literature. These days she splits her time between New York and Berlin.