Ola Larsmo

(b.1957 in Sundbyberg, Sweden) is a novelist, essayist, and critic, living in Uppsala. From 1984 to 1990 he was editor at the literary journal Bonniers Litterära Magasin. Larsmo has published numerous books, including: Engelska parken (novel, 1985), Odysséer (essays, 1990), Stumheten (short stories, 1991), Himmel och jord må brinna (novel, 1993), Maroonberget (novel, 1996), net.wars (with Lars Ilshammar, essays, 1993), Norra Vasa 133 (novel, 1999), Andra sidan (essays, 2001), En glänta i skogen (novel, 2004), and Djävulssonaten (essay/reportage, August 2007).


Cover for: Book fairs and freedoms

After controversy at last year’s book fairs in Gothenburg and Frankfurt over the participation of far-right publishers and the question of who was – and who should be – allowed to attend, ‘Index on Censorship’ asks four thinkers and decision-makers to explain their stance on the issue.

The challenge is to find the words with which to counter the visions of purity harboured by the propagators of terror. Ola Larsmo on the recent spate of terrorist acts in Sweden and Norway, culminating in the massacre in Oslo and Utøya on 22 July.

Does the rise of “new media” signal the death of the “old”? No,
writes Ola Larsmo in his cordial critique of this “dinosaur theory”,
which has been dug up again in the debate about weblogs. What we see
in the media landscape is not the survival of the fittest but instead
a more and more differentiated media structure, where different types
of media find their niche or their own special way to function,
writes Larsmo.

A struggle for modernity

What does Sweden's rejection of the euro really mean?

Sweden, or so it is often claimed, rejected the euro in the recent referendum out of sense of isolationism and a perceived superiority towards its European neighbours. Far from it, argues Ola Larsmo: what was at stake for those who voted against the euro was not Europe itself but a certain concept of modernity and progress.

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