Bodil Malmsten

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Bodil Malmsten
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Born Bodil Malmsten
19 August 1944
Bjärme, Jämtland, Sweden
Died 5 February 2016(2016-02-05) (aged 71)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation novelist, poet
Nationality Swedish
Period 1970–2016
Genre Literary

Bodil Malmsten (19 August 1944 – 5 February 2016) was a Swedish poet and novelist.[1]

Malmsten was born in Bjärme, Östersund Municipality. Due to her parents' early separation, she grew up at her maternal grandparents and at foster care in Vällingby, Stockholm. Her paternal grandfather was designer and architect Carl Malmsten. She debuted as author in 1970 together with Peter Csihas (1945–2011) with their children's book Ludvig åker. Csihas and Malmsten had a relationship during the 1960s and 70s and have a daughter, Stefania, born 1967, who is designer and actor.

The English translation of her novel, Priset på vatten i Finistère (The Price of Water in Finistère, translated by Frank Perry), was selected as a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. In the novel, having decided to pack up and leave her country of birth, she recounts the story her settling into her new home in the Finistère département, in the northwest of France. It is told in a series of vignettes about gardening, learning the language, dealing with French bureaucracy, and struggling with writer's block.

She was awarded a doctorate honoris causa ad gradum (honorary degree) by the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Mid-Sweden University in Östersund in 2006.

Malmsten died of cancer at her home in Stockholm on 5 February 2016, aged 71.[2]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Bodil Malmsten". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Författaren Bodil Malmsten död" (in Swedish). TT, Svenska Dagbladet. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 

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