Artur Lundkvist

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Artur Lundkvist.

Artur Lundkvist (3 March 1906 in Perstorp Municipality, Skåne County – 11 December 1991 in Solna, Stockholm County) was a Swedish writer, poet and literary critic. He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1968.[1]

He wrote around 80 books, and his works have been translated into some 30 languages. Lundkvist published a number of poems, including Om natten (In The Night). He is also noted for having translated many works from Spanish and French into Swedish. Several authors he translated were later awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.[2]

He married the poet Maria Wine in 1936.

In 1977 he was awarded the prestigious Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings festival in Struga, Macedonia.[2]

Political activism[edit]

Artur Lundkvist was a supporter of the Soviet Union and communism.[3] During the Cold War, Lundkvist was an adherent of the so-called "third stance" (Swedish: tredje ståndpunkten) in Swedish public debate, which purported to advocate a neutral stance in the conflict between the two superpowers. He served on the board of the pro-communist Sweden-GDR Association. He was also a member of the Swedish Peace Committee, the Swedish section of the World Peace Council, a Soviet front organization.[4] In 1958 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union.[5]


  1. ^ Kumm, Bjorn (12 Dec 1991). "Obituary: Artur Lundkvist". The Independent (London). p. 13. 
  2. ^ a b "Artur Lundkvist". Struga Poetry Evenings. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Lundberg, Johan, "Ljusets finder" (Timbro, 2013), p. 89-103.
  4. ^ Häggman, Bertil (1991). Medlöparna (in Swedish). Stockholm: Contra. p. 74. ISBN 91-86092-22-7. 
  5. ^ Yearbook of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia (in Russian). Moscow: Sovetskaya Enciklopediya. 1959. 
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Gunnar Ekelöf
Swedish Academy,
Seat No.18

Succeeded by
Katarina Frostenson