Bernt-Olov Andersson was born on a winter
day in 1947 in a red cottage right in the middle of the snowy Swedish
forests. Since twenty years he is an established author and playwriter,
being a member of The Swedish Author Association and the Playwriter Association.
He made his real début with the poem collection Mellan hammarslag och
bandbyte (Between hammer-strokes and change of belts) in 1978. It builds
on the author´s own experiences as a steel mill worker and a
carpenter. However, it is for his novels and plays that Bernt-Olov Andersson
has attracted the most attention.
First Min älskade slaktare (My beloved
butcher) 1988 and Agitatorerna (<The agitators) 1991, but
most of all Syrenernas tid ( Lilac time) in
1995. His most widely known play is called Argentisk likör (Argentine
Liquor) and it was performed in about fifty different places all over
Sweden in 1995.
Bernt-Olov Andersson has received many
prizes and scholarships. Among those are The Fröding Scholarship from
the Authors Association, a cultural scholarship from the largest Swedish
trade union, and the Martin Koch Prize.
This author is open to different suggestions
and he is delighted to write plays and various forms of texts for different
media. He often lectures about his writing, and he is also knowledgeable
about Swedish labor literature and folk music. Sometimes he participates
in programs with different folk musicians.
Reviews about My beloved butcher.
The plot is set in the countryside in Sweden during the 1950's.
The best that has happened in this genre
for a very long time Bosse Ek, NA
Sweden has been given a new, great author Åke Bergman, NLT
The agitators is taking place during the year
of 1909. It starts off in Constantinople, Turkey, and it ends at Narvik,
Norway. The main part of the story is set in Sweden. The models for the
main characters are two of the pioneers of the Swedish labor movement.
Occasionally there have been different
attempts to dramatize - in the form of a novel - episodes from the history
of the labor movement, with varying success. 'The Agitators' by Bernt-Olov
Andersson is among the best that I have read. Lennart Bromander, AB
A Swedish Upton Sinclair - although better Bertil Johansson, VF
A sensation! Björn Widegren, GD
Reviews about Argentine Liquor
I haven't had such a delightful theatre experience for many, many years
Bernt-Olov Andersson has written an amazingly apt and tragicomic play.
When I see the type of play that Argentine Liquor exemplifies, I am happy.
The play is a warm, inspiring and colorful experience., NN
tid. (Lilac time) Gidlunds, 1995 and Som en lilja (As a lily) in 1997
You are most welcome to contact Bernt-Olov
Andersson by e-mail.
Short report by translator Laurie Thompson,
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