Åke Hodell

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Åke Hodell (April 30, 1919 – July 29, 2000, Stockholm, Sweden) was a Swedish fighter pilot, poet, author, text-sound composer, and artist. Daughter Laila Hodell (author) He was the son of author Björn Hodell and brother of actor Ulla Hodell.

Hodell was trained as a fighter pilot, but after a crash during practice July 17, 1941, he had to spend the next few years in hospital. This became a turning point and he became a dedicated antimilitarist. Lying in hospital he got to know author Gunnar Ekelöf and Hodell made his debut with Flyende Pilot in 1953. That same spring, Hodell and Ekelöf travelled to Rome. In his books, Hodell experimented with what he calls elektronismer, while he on stage and in radio in the early 60s worked with text-sound composition. During this period he was also active at Pistolteatern in Stockholm. He also created the book publisher Kerberos.

One of his visual artworks, the piece "220 Volt Buddha", was used as the album cover of Swedish heavy metal band At the Gates' 1993 album With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness.


  • Verbal Brainwash and Other Works (2000, Fylkingen) [1]

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