Published in 2020, ‘Naasuliardarpi’ (‘Flower Valley’) is a novel by Greenlandic author Niviaq Korneliussen that won the ‘Nordic Council Literature Prize‘ in 2021. Born in Nanortalik (Greenland), Niviaq Korneliussen is a Greenlandic author writing in Greenlandic and Danish. She studied social sciences at ‘University of Greenland‘ and then psychology at the ‘University of Aarhus’, but ended up dropping out of both programs as her writing career launched. Her 2014 debut novel ‘Homo Sapienne’ focuses on the lives of five young adults in Nuuk: it was noted for both its use of modern storytelling techniques and for its portrayal of LGBTQ+ people in Greenlandic society. As a lesbian, Korneliussen said it was important for her to write about gay life in Greenland because she had never encountered anything about homosexuality in Greenlandic literature. Niviaq Korneliussen’s novel ‘Naasuliardarpi’ excited the jury with its sheer intensity. Naasuliardarpi is about love, friendship, and being part of a post-colonial society. This deeply touching work offers an insight into the lives of Greenlanders today and the traumas that still cut deep in day-to-day life. It is a beautiful but also painfully raw story. Suicide is a huge societal problem in Greenland, and one that Korneliussen is personally very concerned about and which she accuses society’s responsible politicians and officials of doing far too little to address. Death is the perpetual companion of the young protagonist, but despite this darkness, the novel’s glimmers of love radiate light and tenderness. The language is direct and precise in its sensitivity. Although the novel’s narrator eventually reaches a desperate end point and turns the reader into their witness, the novel embodies and all-consuming longing; not just for death, but also for life. This is a work of art that will live on.