born 1958 in Oslo, is a Swedish novelist and literary critic living in Stockholm and Vienna. He has published many books in Swedish, including De ansiktlösa (novel, 1987), I en annan del av staden (essays, 1990), En lektion i pardans (novel, 1993), Theres (novel, 1996), Allt fögängligt är bara en bild (novel, 1999) Prag (No Exit) (essays, 2002), Ravensbrück (novel, 2003), Härifrån till Allmänningen (novel, 2005), and De fattiga i Łódź (novel, 2009). The latter has been translated into numerous languages, including English (The Emperor of Lies), German (Die Elenden von Łódź) and French (Les Dépossédés).In 2009, he was awarded both De Nios Stora Pris and the August Prize, two of Sweden's most prestigious literary awards.
It is high time to lift the aesthetic state of emergency that has surrounded witness literature for so long, writes Steve Sem-Sandberg. It is not important who writes, nor even what their motives are. What counts is the "literary efficiency". [more]
Kafka, Prague, the small stage and the world theatre
Kafka's Prague 1914: With the war lurking around the corner and the threat of getting married to Felice Bauer hanging over his head Franz K walks the streets of the city. Drawing on the topography of Prague, Steve Sem-Sandberg makes visible some central lines in Kafka's prose and shows how he meticulously directs his own as well as Josef K's tours through Prague. [more]