Jonas Gardell

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Jonas Gardell in 2012 in Stockholm.
Jonas Gardell (right) with husband Mark Levengood at Stockholm Pride parade 2006

Jonas Gardell, born 2 November 1963 in Enebyberg, Stockholm County, is a Swedish novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian. He is the brother of religion scholar Mattias Gardell. He is well known for his books and plays in all of Scandinavia and also published in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Poland.

Early career[edit]

Gardell's first novel, Passionsspelet (The Passion Play), was published in 1985. Since then, he has written some ten novels, including En Komikers Uppväxt (A Comedian Growing Up), which became a TV series. He has also written several other books, nine plays and two screenplays that were made into movies, including Livet är en schlager (Life Is A Schlager). His novels are not yet available in English.

Later years[edit]

In 2006, more than 20 years after his first novel was published, Gardell is one of Sweden's most famous stand-up comedians and probably the country's most well-known openly gay man. His husband is the Finnish-Swedish-American writer and TV presenter Mark Levengood, with whom he has two children by female friends. Gardell performed his own play Tillfällig gäst i ditt liv (Temporary guest in your life) (2007) at the Scala Theater in Stockholm.

In 2013 Gardell was elected "Homo Bi Trans Person of the Year" at the Swedish Gay Gala, notably for the book Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar (Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves). His prize was presented to him by the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, whom Gardell thanked with the words: "Victoria, you are our Crown Princess, but tonight I think that I'm our little queen" - this went down well with the Crown Princess, whom Gardell knows well. His husband Levengood hosts the immensely popular "Victoria Dagen" every year at the Swedish island of Öland, when the Swedes celebrate Crown Princess Victoria's birthday at the 14. July.


  • 1979 – Den tigande talar
  • 1985 – Passionsspelet
  • 1986 – Odjurets tid
  • 1987 – Präriehundarna
  • 1988 – Vill gå hem
  • 1990 – Fru Björks öden och äventyr
  • 1992 – En komikers uppväxt
  • 1993 – Mormor gråter och andra texter
  • 1995 – Frestelsernas berg
  • 1997 – Isbjörnarna. Cheek to cheek. Människor i solen (tre pjäser)
  • 1998 – Så går en dag ifrån vårt liv och kommer aldrig åter
  • 1998 – Oskuld och andra texter
  • 2001 – Ett ufo gör entré
  • 2003 – Om Gud
  • 2006 – Jenny
  • 2009 – Om Jesus
  • 2011 – Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra: Samlade visdomsord 2010-2011
  • 2012 – Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar: 1, Kärleken
  • 2013 – Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar: 2, Sjukdomen
  • 2013 – Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar: 3, Döden