Kristina Lugn

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Kristina Lugn at the Stockholm City Theatre, on International Women's Day 2008

Gunhild Bricken Kristina Lugn (Swedish: [kɹisˌtiːna ˈlɵŋːn]; born 14 November 1948) is a Swedish poet and dramatist and member of the Swedish Academy. She was born in Tierp, Uppland and was raised in Skövde, Västergötland, and after finishing her academic education she has devoted her time to poetry, as literary critic and a playwright. Since 1972 she has published seven books of poetry. Her plays have been staged at the Dramaten (the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre), Stockholms stadsteater (Stockholm City Theatre) and at Teater Brunnsgatan Fyra, a.o. Much appreciated by the Swedish audience, she touches subjects of loneliness, death and middle-age crises with irony, cynicism and black humour. She has been awarded several awards.

Since 1997 she runs the small independent theatre Teater Brunnsgatan Fyra in Stockholm (at the address of Brunnsgatan 4), established by the popular Swedish actor Allan Edwall.

Her surname "Lugn" also means "calm" in Swedish; a double meaning she jokes with and uses.

On 20 December 2006, Lugn was elected into the Swedish Academy to replace Lars Gyllensten in chair 14.

Her daughter Martina Montelius is an author.

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Om jag inte (If I Not) 1972
  • Till min man, om han kunde läsa (To My Husband, If He Could Read) 1976
  • Döda honom! (Kill Him!) 1978
  • Om ni hör ett skott (If You Hear A Gun Shot) 1979
  • Percy Wennerfors 1982
  • Bekantskap önskas med äldre bildad herre (Looking For Acquaintance With Educated Older Gentleman) 1983
  • Lugn bara Lugn (Calm/Lugn Just Calm/Lugn) 1984
  • Hundstunden (The Dog Hour) 1989
  • Samlat lugn (Collected Calm/Lugn) 1997
  • Nattorienterarna (The Night Orienteers) 1999
  • Hej då, ha det så bra (Good Bye, Have A Great Time) 2003

Various plays[edit]

  • När det utbröt panik i det kollektiva omedvetna (When Panic Broke Out in the Collective Unconscious) 1986
  • Titta det blöder (Look It's Bleeding) 1987
  • Det vackra blir liksom över (The Beautiful Things Is Kind Of Left Out; American title, "The Hour of the Dog"; performed in New York and Edinburgh) 1989
  • Tant Blomma (Aunt Flower; American title, "Aunt Blossom"; performed in New York) 1993
  • Idlaflickorna (The Idla Girls) (American title, "The Old Girls at Lake Garda"; performed in New York) 1993
  • Silver Star (performed in New York) 1995
  • De tröstlösa(The Inconsolable) 1997 (written with Allan Edwall)
  • Titta en älg (Look A Moose) 1999
  • Stulna juveler (Stolen Jewels; performed in New York) 2000
  • Eskil Johnassons flyttfirma (Eskil Johnasson's Mover Business) 2000
  • Begåvningsreserven (The Talent Reserve) 2002
  • Kvinnorna vid Svansjön (The Women by The Swan Lake) 2003
  • Två solstrålar på nya äventyr (Two Sunbeams On New Adventures) 2003
  • Var är Holger, Harald och Herrman? (Where Are Holger, Harald and Herrman?) 2004
  • Vera 2005
  • Det finns ett liv därborta i Vällingby (There Is A Life Over There at Vällingby) 2005
  • Gråt inte mer, Cecilia. Och inte du heller, Ursula (Don't Cry Anymore, Cecilia. And Not You Either, Ursula) 2005
  • Katarina den stora (Catherine The Great) 2006
  • Hjälp sökes 2013
  • Hej, det är jag igen 2014

External links[edit]

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Lars Gyllensten
Swedish Academy,
Seat No.14

2006-
Succeeded by
incumbent