Sigrid Combüchen

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Sigrid Combüchen in 2010.

Sigrid Combüchen (born January 16, 1942) is a Swedish novelist, essayist, literary critic and journalist.


Sigrid Combüchen was born in Solingen in the Ruhr territory). Shortly after the War her family moved to Sweden.

Sigrid Combüchen made her debut at the age of seventeen with the novel Ett rumsrent sällskap, 1960. She returned to fiction seventeen years later with the novel I norra Europa (In Northern Europe) in 1977 and then Värme (Warmth) in 1980. The books are about crisis and myths in post-war Europe.[1]

Her best-known novel is Byron, published in 1988. The book paints a picture of the English poet through a compositional change between present and past where Byron is partly illustrated by a group of Byron enthusiasts of today, partly through the environment in his own time.[1] It was translated into English the same year and to German in 1991, and was also translated to five more languages.

She has also written a collection of essays and a biography on the Norwegian novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 1920 Knut Hamsun.

She was editor of the magazine Allt om Böcker for a number of years and writes at times for the feuilleton in daily newspapers such as Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet and Expressen.


She received the 2004 Selma Lagerlöf Prize and in 2007 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature at Lund University, Sweden, for her literary merits. In 2010, she received the August Prize for the novel Spill: En damroman (Game. A Lady's novel).[1]


  • Ett rumsrent sällskap, 1960
  • I norra Europa, 1977
  • Värme, 1980
  • Byron, 1988
  • Korta och långa kapitel, 1992
  • Om en dag man vaknar. Essayer., 1995
  • Parsifal, 1998
  • En simtur i sundet, 2003
  • Livsklättraren. En bok om Knut Hamsun, 2006
  • Spill: En damroman


  1. ^ a b c Sigrid Combüchen ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian) Store norske leksikon, retrieved 27 April 2013

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