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Zeshan Shakar

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Zeshan Arild Shakar[1] (born September 7, 1982, in Oslo) is a Norwegian author.

Zeshan Shakar
EducationUniversity of Oslo, BI Norwegian Business School
Notable awardsTarjei Vesaas’ debutantpris (2017), Neshornspris (2020), Klassekampen's Cultural Prize (2020)
SpouseMishell Akhtar Shakar

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Shakar grew up in Stovner in Oslo. He studied political science at the University of Oslo and has a degree in economics from BI Norwegian Business School. He works at the Oslo City Hall. He made his literary debut in the fall of 2017 with the novel Tante Ulrikkes vei (Tante Ulrikkes Road), named after a street in Stovner of the same name. For this book, he received Tarjei Vesaas’ debutantpris and Bokbloggerprisen (the book blogger award).[2][3][4] The book has also been staged as a play. In 2020 he released his second novel, Gul bok (Yellow Book). Together with Don Martin he wrote the play Linje 5, which premiered at Det Norske Teatret in fall of 2020. Shakar received the Neshorspris in 2020.

Shakar’s father was amongst the first Pakistani labor immigrants to Norway.[5]


  1. Hassan, Abdirahman (22 April 2018). "Debutanten fra Stovner". universitas.no (in norsk bokmål). Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  2. gyldendal.no: Zeshan Shakar besøkt 28. mai 2018
  3. forfatterforeningen.no: Tarjei Vesaas' Debutantpris til Zeshan Shakar besøkt 28. mai 2018
  4. Aftenposten (26. mai 2018): Tarjei Vesaas' Debutantpris til Zeshan Shakar besøkt 28. mai 2018
  5. Shakar, Zeshan (2018). «Etterord». I Korbøl, Aud og Midtbøen, Arnfinn H: Den kritiske fase - Innvandring til Norge fra Pakistan 1970 - 1973. Side 315. Universitetsforlaget. ISBN 9788215030210.

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