Per Wästberg

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Per Wästberg, 2010

Per Erik Wästberg (born 20 November 1933) is a Swedish writer and a member of the Swedish Academy since 1997.

Wästberg was born in Stockholm, son of Erik Wästberg and his wife Greta née Hirsch, and holds a degree in literature from Uppsala University. He was editor-in-chief of Sweden's largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter 1976–1982, and has been a contributor since 1953. He is an older brother of Olle Wästberg.

Political works[edit]

Wästberg has campaigned extensively for human rights. He was President of the PEN International from 1979 until 1986 and founder of the Swedish section of Amnesty International (1963). In connection with this, he was involved in the anti-colonial movement. He was especially active in the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, where he became a close friend of Nadine Gordimer.

He was expelled by the government in Rhodesia in 1959, and after publication of his anti-Apartheid book På Svarta Listan (On the Black List) in 1960, he was banned from entering both Rhodesia and South Africa. He returned to South Africa only in 1990, after the release from jail of Nelson Mandela.

List of published works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Pojke med såpbubblor (1949)
  • Ett gammalt skuggspel (1952)
  • Halva kungariket (1955)
  • Arvtagaren (1958)
  • Vattenslottet (1968)
  • Luftburen (1969)
  • Jordmånen (1972)
  • Eldens skugga (1986)
  • Bergets källa (1987)
  • Ljusets hjärta (1991)
  • Vindens låga (1993)

Poetry[edit]

  • Tio atmosfärer (1963)
  • Enkel resa (1964)
  • En avlägsen likhet (1983)
  • Frusna tillgångar (1990)
  • Förtöjningar (1995)
  • Tre rader (1998)
  • Raderingar (1999)
  • Fortifikationer (2001)
  • Tillbaka i tid (2004)

On Africa and the Third World[edit]

  • Förbjudet område (1960)
  • På svarta listan (1960)
  • Afrika berättar (1961)
  • Afrika-ett uppdrag (1976)
  • I Sydafrika – resan till friheten (1995)
  • Modern afrikansk litteratur (1969)
  • Afrikansk poesi (1971)
  • Resor, intervjuver, porträtt, politiska analyser från en långvarig vistelse i Sydafrika (1994)

Biographies and essays[edit]

  • Ernst och Mimmi, biografi genom brev (1964)
  • Alice och Hjördis Två systrar (1994)
  • En dag på världsmarknaden (1967)
  • Berättarens ögonblick (1977)
  • Obestämda artiklar (1981)
  • Bestämda artiklar (1982)
  • Frukost med Gerard (1992)
  • Lovtal (1996)
  • Ung mans dagbok (1996)
  • Ung författares dagbok (1997)
  • Duvdrottningen (1998)
  • Edith Whartons hemliga trädgård (2000)
  • Övergångsställen (2002)
  • Ute i livet : en memoar (1980–1994) (2012)
  • Gustaf Adolf Lysholm : diktare, drömmare, servitör – en biografi (2013)
  • Per Wästbergs Stockholm (2013)
  • Lovord (2014)
  • Erik och Margot : en kärlekshistoria (2014)
  • Mellanblad (2015)

In English[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Werner Aspenström
Swedish Academy,
Seat No.12

1997–
Succeeded by
incumbent
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Mario Vargas Llosa
International President of PEN International
1979–1986
Succeeded by
Francis King
Preceded by
René Tavernier
International (Interim) President of PEN International
1989–1990
Succeeded by
György Konrád