Topic: Literature

Johannes Anyuru

Johannes Anyuru (1979) is a poet, author and dramatist. He grew up in Borås and Växjö with a Swedish mother and a Ugandian father. Anyuru was studying engineering but already in high school, he began writing poetry and he is today one of the most seminal voices in Nordic contemporary literature.

The event begins at 19.30, and everyone is welcome while there is room. The conversation, led by Culture Journalist Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir will be in Swedish.

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Anyuru debuted in 2003 with the poetry collection Det är bara gudarna som är nya. His other poetry collection Omega (2005) is about a close friend’s death, and the third poetry collection Städerna inuti Hall / The Cities inside Hall (2009) is a political landscape of sadness. Anyuru had his novel debut with Skulle jag dö under andra himlar (2010) and he got his international breakthrough with the novel En storm kom från paradiset / A Storm blew in from Paradise (2012) which is a story about a father and son where rootlessness and identity play a major role. The novel was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize and translated into several languages. The novel De kommer att drukna i sina mödrars tårar / The Rabbit Yard (2017) is a dystopian depiction of a future Gothenburg where Muslims must sign a citizen’s contract not to be called enemies of Sweden.

AALTO Bistro in the Nordic House is open for dinner guests before the event and offers a delicious dinner menu and light meals, all made with first-class ingredients. During the break, it is possible to enjoy light refreshments from AALTO Bistro.

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Rosa Liksom

Rosa Liksom, the pseudonym of Anni Ylävaara (1958), was raised in Lapland among reindeers on a farm. She has studied anthropology and spent her youth travelling around Europe and testing alternative living forms. She has also lived in Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Russia. She is now living in Helsinki, where she paints and writes novels, short stories, children’s books, comics, plays and film scripts. Her books are translated into many languages, including Icelandic.

Liksom had her debut in 1985 with Yhden Yön Pysäkki. Later books include Unohdettu vartti (1986), Väliasema Gagarin (1987), Go Moscow Go (1988) and Tyhjän ten Paratiisit (1989). Liksom writes about marginalized people at the bottom of society. The novel Kreisland / Crazeland (1996) is a satire about the absurdities of existence, which encompass both war and marital life.

The novel Perhe (2000) is ironizing about the self-sufficient single family home happiness. The novel Hytti nro 6 – kohtaamisia junassa / Compartment No 6 (2011), which was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, gives a picture of the Soviet era through the eyes of a Finnish girl and a Russian traveller with the Trans-Siberian railway. Recently, Liksom had published the novel Everstina (2017), where the unique Lapponian nature is the background for a young woman and an elderly man’s affair, evolving into a violent and destructive marriage.

Merete Pryds Helle

Merete Pryds Helle (1965) is educated from Forfatterskolen and has a Bachelor’s degree in Literature Studies. She has lived in Italy for many years, where she has been a teaching assistant at several universities.

Pryds Helle made her debut in 1990, and her breakthrough novel was Fiske i livets flod (2000). In addition to prose for adults, she has written children’s books, reviews, essays, radio plays, sonnets, among other things. Merete Pryds Helle’s writing is characterized by language experiments and great style security. Along with other younger female writers like Helle Helle, Kirsten Hammann and Christina Hesselholdt, she is an important part of the Danish literature scene.

Her great popular breakthrough came in 2016 with the family novel Folkets skønhed, inspired by the author’s own family history, giving an accurate and heartbreaking picture of the protagonist’s upbringing in a poor home where violence against children was part of everyday life. Pryds Helle also draws a convincing portrait of Denmark in the 20th century, from the poverty of the 1930s to the many women who never became part of the liberation in the 1970s. The life’s work of an author who masters a variety of different genres for which she received De Gyldne Laurbær and has been nominated for the DR Novel Prize, Politiken‘s Literature Prize and the Readers Literature Prize.

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