Klas Östergren in 2007.
20 February 1955
|Occupation||Novelist, screenwriter, translator|
Östergren is a member of the Swedish Academy since 20 December 2014, succeeding Ulf Linde on seat 11. In 1999, he was nominated for his country's top film award, the Guldbagge Award. In 2005, he received the grand prize bestowed by the country's premier literary society, Samfundet De Nio.
Östergren was born in 1955 on Lilla Essingen in Stockholm. He was the youngest of four siblings. His father was Finnish and his mother was Swedish. He went to secondary school at Södra Latins gymnasium.
Klas Östergren was soon to turn twenty years old when his first novel, Attila, was published in 1975. He gained critical acclaim and high readership five years later with the novel, Gentlemen. As a writer of screenplays and teleplays, he was honored in 1999 when Veranda för en tenor [Waiting for the Tenor], the screen treatment (which he co-wrote with Lisa Ohlin) of a short story from Med stövlarna på och andra berättelser, was nominated for Sweden's equivalent of the Academy Award, the Guldbagge. He is also one of his country's most highly regarded literary translators, having published a Swedish-language version of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and also having translated a two-volume edition (issued in September 2008) of the plays of Henrik Ibsen.
From 1982 to 1989, Klas Östergren was married to Swedish actress, Pernilla Wallgren, who subsequently continued her career using the name Pernilla Östergren. They became the parents of a daughter, Agnes; and following their divorce and Pernilla's marriage to director Bille August, she appeared, using her new professional name, Pernilla August, in two films for which Östergren wrote the screenplays. The first, 1996's Jerusalem, adapted from the novel by Selma Lagerlöf, was directed by her husband, Bille August, and the other, Offer och gärningsmän, was a 1999 miniseries directed for Sweden's national television broadcaster, SVT, by Tomas Alfredson. His second and current wife is Cilla, with whom he has three children, Åke, Gösta, and Märta.
- Attila (novel, 1975)
- Ismael (novel, 1977)
- Fantomerna (novel, 1978)
- Gentlemen (Swedish: Gentlemen, novel, 1980) (English translation by Tiina Nunnally, 2007)
- Giganternas brunn (novella, 1981)
- Slangbella (article collection, 1983)
- Fattiga riddare och stora svenskar (novel, 1983)
- Plåster (novel, 1986)
- Hoppets triumf (illustrated by Torsten Jurell, 1986)
- Ankare (novel, 1988)
- Ge mig lite sodavatten. En opera buffa (1988)
- Handelsmän och partisaner (novel, 1991)
- Under i september (novel, 1994)
- Med stövlarna på och andra berättelser (short story collection, 1997)
- Konterfej (novella, 2001)
- Tre porträtt (novella collection, 2002)
- Östergren om Östergren (with Stephen Farran-Lee, 2007)
- Gangsters (Swedish: Gangsters, novel, 2005) (English translation by Tiina Nunnally, 2009)
- The Hurricane Party (Swedish: Orkanpartyt, novel, 2007) (English translation by Tiina Nunnally, 2009)
- Den sista cigaretten (novel, 2009)
- Ravioli (short story, 2013)
- Ulf Linde. Svenska Akademiens Inträdestal (2014)
- Twist (novel, 2014)
- Mördande intelligens (screenplay, 1995)
- Jerusalem (screenplay, 1996)
- Veranda för en tenor (short story and screenplay, 1998)
- Offer och gärningsmän (TV miniseries screenplay, 1999)
- Soldater i månsken (TV miniseries screenplay, 2000)
- Syndare i sommarsol (screenplay, 2001)
- The Marriage of Gustav III (screenplay, 2001)
- Röd jul (short story and screenplay, 2001)
- Evil (screenplay (non-credited), 2003)
- En decemberdröm (TV series screenplay, 2005)
- Gentlemen (novel and screenplay, 2014)
- Ny ledamot i Svenska Akademien, press release from Svenska Akademien, 28 February 2014 (Swedish)
- "Klas Östergren – En gentleman med twist". DN.SE.
- Östergren, Klas; Farran-Lee Stephen (2007), Östergren om Östergren: i samtal med Stephen Farran-Lee (in Swedish), Stockholm: Bonnier, ISBN 9789100111052
- "»Vart jag än går så träffar jag dårar«". Fokus – Sveriges nyhetsmagasin.
- New edition of the plays of Henrik Ibsen, translated by Klas Östergren (on the website of Norstedts, Sweden's oldest publishing house)
- Klas Östergren at the Internet Movie Database
- Brief profile of Klas Östergren (photograph included) at the Salomonsson Agency website