Steve Sem-Sandberg

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Steve Sem-Sandberg

Steve Sem-Sandberg (born 1958) is a Swedish journalist, novelist, non-fiction writer and translator. He made his literary debut in 1976 with the two science fiction novels Sländornas värld and Sökare i dödsskuggan.[1] He was awarded the Dobloug Prize for fiction in 2005.[2]

His novel De fattiga i Łódź (2009) (English title The Emperor of Lies) was awarded the August Prize. It recounts the life of the Łódź ghetto and its leader Chaim Rumkowski in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.[1]

Daphne Merkin in the New York Times said that he had succeeded in writing "a freshly felt, fully absorbing novel about the Holocaust," an even more difficult task as he was writing about a known historical figure in Rumkowski. [3] By combining both intimate views and overall history, he conveys an effect "both super-realist and surrealist, in the manner of an animated documentary."[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Works[edit]

  • Sländornas värld and Sökare i dödsskuggan (1976)
  • De ansiktslösa, novel (1987)
  • I en annan del av staden, essays (1990)
  • Den kluvna spegeln, reportage (1991)
  • En lektion i pardans, novel (1993)
  • Theres, novel (1996)
  • Allt förgängligt är bara en bild, novel (1999)
  • Prag (no exit), essays (2002)
  • Ravensbrück, novel (2003)
  • Härifrån till Allmänningen, novel (2005)
  • De fattiga i Łódź (2009) (English title The Emperor of Lies, published in translation 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Arneberg, Sofie. "Steve Sem-Sandberg". In Godal, Anne Marit. Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Doblougprisen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Daphne Merkin, "The Man Who Ruled the Lodz Ghetto", New York Times, 4 September 2011, accessed 17 May 2013
  4. ^ "Edition 2013". Jan Michalski Foundation. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ M.A.O. (September 14, 2013). "Jan Michalski Prize shortlist". complete review. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
Awards
Preceded by
Ann Jäderlund and
Björn Ranelid
Recipient of the Dobloug Prize
2005
(shared with Lars Lönnroth)
Succeeded by
Carl Fehrman and
Carola Hansson