Per Anders Fogelström

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Per Anders Fogelström

Per Anders Fogelström (1917–1998) was among the leading figures in modern Swedish literature. He spent his whole life in Stockholm, and the most famous of his many works is a series of five novels set in the city he dearly loved, describing the lives of successive generations of Stockholmers between 1860 and 1968:

  • Mina Drömmars stad (City of My Dreams), published in 1960, covers the period from 1860-1880.
  • Barn av sin stad (Children of Their City), published in 1962, covers 1880-1900.
  • Minns du den stad (Remember the City), published in 1964, covers 1900-1925.
  • I en förvandlad stad (In a Transformed City), published in 1966, covers 1925-1945.
  • Stad i världen (City in the World), published in 1968, covers 1945-1968.

The first four novels have been published in an English translation by Jennifer Brown Baverstam.

A film of City of My Dreams was released in 1976, directed by Ingvar Skogsberg, with narration from Fogelström.

The 1950 film Medan staden sover (While the City Sleeps) was adapted by Ingmar Bergman and director Lars-Eric Kjellgren from Fogelström's novel, and Ingmar Bergman's taboo-breaking 1953 film Sommaren med Monika (Summer with Monika) was adapted by Fogelström from his 1951 novel of the same name.

The author of more than 40 books in total, Fogelström also served as director of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society from 1963 to 1977. He received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in 1976. On the day he died, June 23, 1998, a bust of Fogelström was unveiled in Stockholm City Hall.

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