Jila Mossaed

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Jila Mossaed Estakhri (Persian: ژیلا مساعد استخری‎; born 4 April 1948 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-born Swedish writer. She was named a new member of the Swedish Academy on 5 October 2018, and is due to be formally inducted into the Academy on 20 December 2018.[1][2][3]

Mossaed has lived in Sweden in exile from Iran since 1986. She resides in Gothenburg, and writes in both Swedish and Persian.[4] On 5 October 2018, Mossaed was named a new member of the Swedish Academy together with Supreme Court justice Eric Runesson. She replaced author Kerstin Ekman, who ended her involvement with the Academy in 1989 over its handling of the Rushdie affair (and formally resigned in 2018), on seat 15.[5]


  1. ^ Nyheter, SVT (5 October 2018). "Jila Mossaed: "Jag tackade ja för att jag älskar litteraturen"". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ Nyheter, SVT (5 October 2018). "HD-domaren Eric Runesson och författaren Jila Mossaed väljs in i Svenska Akademien". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Nya ledamöter i Svenska Akademien". Svenska Akademien. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ Lenas, Sverker; Thurfjell, Greta (5 October 2018). "Jila Mossaed: Jag är en enkel poet som älskar litteraturen". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ AFP (5 October 2018). "Nobel literature body elects Iranian poet, judge after turmoil". France 24. Retrieved 5 October 2018.