Per Anders Fogelström

Per Anders Fogelström (22 August 1917, Stockholm – 20 June 1998 Stockholm) was a Swedish writer, and one of the leading figures in modern Swedish literature. He spent his whole life in Stockholm, and the most famous of the more than 40 books he wrote in total is a series of five novels set in the Swedish capital that he dearly loved, describing the lives of successive generations of Stockholmers between 1860 and 1968:

Per Anders Fogelström
Per Anders Fogelström
Per Anders Fogelström
Born(1917-08-22)22 August 1917
Matteus Parish, Stockholm, Sweden
Died20 June 1998(1998-06-20) (aged 80)
Sofia Parish, Stockholm, Sweden
Occupationwriter, journalist

All five novels have been published in an English translation by Jennifer Brown Bäverstam.

A film adaptation of City of My Dreams (Swedish: Mina drömmars stad) was released in 1976, directed by Ingvar Skogsberg, with narration from Fogelström.

His 1949 novel Ligister (Gangsters) was adapted into a film, released in 1950, titled While the City Sleeps (Swedish: Medan staden sover). Fogelström himself wrote the screenplay, with some input from the renowned filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, while Lars-Eric Kjellgren served as director.[1] Bergman and Fogelström collaborated a second time, for Bergman's 1953 film Summer with Monika (Swedish: Sommaren med Monika). The film was based on an unpublished short story that Fogelström had written. In conjunction with the film's production, Fogelström developed the short story into a novel instead, which was published in 1951, under the same title the film was later released as.[2][3]

An active pacifist, Fogelström served as director of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Swedish: Svenska freds- och skiljedomsföreningen) from 1963 to 1977. He was also a member of the Swedish Vietnam Committee (Swedish: Svenska Vietnamkommittén), an organization opposing the Vietnam War, and a strong opponent of nuclear weapons.

He received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in 1976, and was awarded the Swedish royal medal Litteris et Artibus in 1996. After his death, a bust of Fogelström was unveiled in Stockholm City Hall.

References edit

  1. ^ "While the City Sleeps (Feature Film, 1950)". Ingmar Bergman. The Ingmar Bergman Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2024.
  2. ^ "Summer with Monika (Feature Film, 1953)". Ingmar Bergman. The Ingmar Bergman Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2024.
  3. ^ Dahlman, Pontus (1998-06-23). "Fogelström skrev in i det sista. Folkkär författare död. "Mina drömmars stad" gjorde Per Anders Fogelström älskad av generationer" [Fogelström wrote to the very end. Beloved author dead. "City of My Dreams" made Per Anders Fogelström cherished by generations] (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. Retrieved 2024-02-17.

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