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Sara Stridsberg

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Sara Stridsberg
Stridsberg in 2018
Stridsberg in 2018
BornSara Brita Stridsberg
(1972-08-29) 29 August 1972 (age 51)
Solna, Sweden
Notable worksDrömfakulteten
Darling River
Beckomberga. Ode till min familj.
Notable awardsNordic Council's Literature Prize, 2007
European Union Prize for Literature, 2015
Member of the Swedish Academy
(Seat No. 13)
In office
20 December 2016 – 7 May 2018
Preceded byGunnel Vallquist
Succeeded byAnne Swärd

Sara Brita Stridsberg (born 29 August 1972) is a Swedish author and playwright. Her first novel, Happy Sally was about Sally Bauer, who in 1939 had become the first Scandinavian woman to swim the English Channel.

Her big international breakthrough came with the publication of The Faculty of Dreams/Valerie in 2006. The novel received the Nordic Council Award in 2007, and was nominated to the Man Booker award when published 2019 in the UK and US. Her novels are today translated into 25 languages.

In 2007, she was awarded the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for her novel Drömfakulteten (Valerie, or The Faculty of Dreams),[1] which is her second novel and a fictitious story about Valerie Solanas, who wrote the SCUM manifesto, which Stridsberg has translated into Swedish. The English translation by Deborah Bragan-Turner was longlisted for the 2019 International Booker Prize.[2]

Svenska Dagbladet called Stridsberg "one of our foremost nature poets" and considered her among the best in contemporary Swedish literature while noting that Stridsberg's novels are always discomforting to read.[3]

In 2016, Stridsberg was elected to the 13th chair on the Swedish Academy previously occupied by Gunnel Vallquist.[4] She was inducted into the Academy on 20 December 2016.[5] On 27 April 2018 she left the Academy, in solidarity with Sara Danius.[6]

Stridsberg is interviewed at Bokmässan in Göteborg, 2014


  • Juristutbildningen ur ett genusperspektiv (non-fiction, 1999)
  • Det är bara vi som är ute och åker (non-fiction, 2002)
  • Happy Sally (novel, 2004)
  • Drömfakulteten (novel, 2006; trans. Valerie, or The Faculty of Dreams: A Novel, 2019)
  • Darling River (novel, 2010)
  • Mamman och havet (children's book, 2012)
  • Beckomberga: Ode till min familj (novel, 2014)
  • Kärlekens Antarktis (novel, 2018; trans. The Antarctica of Love, 2021)
  • Dyksommar (children's book, 2019)


  • 2006 – Valerie Jean Solanas ska bli president i Amerika
  • 2009 – Medealand
  • 2012 – Dissekering av ett snöfall
  • 2015 – Beckomberga
  • 2015 – Konsten att falla
  • 2016 – American Hotel




  1. ^ "Sara Stridsberg ger sig hän åt vansinnesrytmen" [Sara Stridsberg surrenders to the rhythm of insanity]. Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). 30 August 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Man Booker International 2019 longlist announced". Books+Publishing. Retrieved 19 July 2024.
  3. ^ "En mästare på stämningar" [A master of moods]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 5 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Ny ledamot i Svenska Akademien" [New member of the Swedish Academy] (in Swedish). 13 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Chair no. 13 - Sara Stridsberg". The Swedish Academy. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Sara Stridsberg lämnar Svenska Akadamien". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Sara Stridsberg får Nordiska rådets litteraturpris". Svenska Dagbladet. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  8. ^ "European Union Prize for Literature 2015 winners announced at London Book Fair". European Commission. April 2015. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
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Preceded by Swedish Academy,
Seat No.13

Succeeded by