Vasbo, Vibeke

1944 - 

Denmark

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Vasbo, Vibeke

Written by:  Anne Birgitte Richard

Vibeke Vasbo was born on Als, where both her parents were doctors. After studying German and English at university, she worked as an assistant nurse and crane operator and qualified as a teacher in 1982. She was a co-founder of the Redstockings’ movement and was active in the lesbian movement from 1974. She lived in England from 1982 to 1986.

Her debut work was the diary novel Al den løgn om kvinders svaghed, 1976, about the life of a female crane operator in Oslo. Her poetry collection Måske har jeg haft en anelse, 1980, depicts the end of her relationships with men and her love for women. In Miraklet i Amalfi (N), 1984, the lesbian first-person narrator falls in love with a male priest, and the blossoming of their love is interwoven with surreal and sensuous visions.

In 1991 she published the critically acclaimed historical novel Hildas sang 1-2 about the abbess in seventh century England who fought for Christianity, but opposed the Catholic Church's increasing focus on power and institutions. From 1987 to 1995, Vibeke Vasbo held various posts in the Danish Authors’ Society.

 

Additions by the editorial team 2011:

The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Vibeke Vasbo has written Artemis, beretningen om en kat, 2004, and the novel Der mangler en sang om solsorten, 2008.

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