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Johan Harstad, born on 10 February 1979 in Stavanger, is a Norwegian novelist, short story writer, playwright and graphic designer who lives and works in Oslo. He made his literary debut in 2001 at the age of twenty-two with a collection of short prose entitled From Here On You Only Get Older (Herfra blir du bare eldre), and in 2002 he published a short story collection titled Ambulance. His first novel, Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? (Buzz Aldrin, hvor ble det av deg i alt mylderet?), was published in Norway in 2005 and has been translated into more than ten languages. During the year of 2009 he was engaged as the first playwright in residence at the National Theatre of Norway in its history. He’s won numerous literary prizes and awards.