Linn Ullmann

Linn Ullmann

Linn Ullmann, originally Karin Beate Ullmann, (born 9 August 1966 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian author and journalist;


Ullman is the daughter of actress, author and director Liv Ullmann and legendary director, screenwriter, and author Ingmar Bergman. She is Ullman's only child and Bergman's youngest daughter (one of nine children Bergman fathered with five different women).

She studied Literature for six years in New York, finally graduating from New York University in 1988.


In 1992 she permanently moved back to her native Norway and began to work for the tabloid newspaper Dagbladet, one of Norway's leading newspapers. Eventually she became a newspaper journalist in Norway, and subsequently a successful author. She also is a well-known commentator in Norway's leading Conservative newspaper, Aftenposten, where she writes on political and cultural issues.

As of 2005 she has written four novels, some of them translated into more than 30 languages, which have received critical acclaim also far outside Norway. Her debut novel, Before You Sleep was sold to 14 countries (including the United States, Britain, France and Germany) before it was even published in Norway, a flying start rarely bestowed upon Norwegian authors.

Personal life

Ullmann is married to Niels Fredrik Dahl, an award-winning Norwegian poet, novelist and playwright. They have one child. Ullmann also has a son from a previous marriage to a Norwegian lawyer, as well as two stepchildren. She lives in a big flat on the West side of Oslo.


  • Før du sovner (Before You Sleep, translated by Tiina Nunnally) (1998)
  • Når jeg er hos deg (Stella Descending) (2001)
  • Nåde (Grace) (2002)
  • Et Velsignet Barn (A Blessed Child) (2005)


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