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Eyvind Johnson

Eyvind Johnson
Born Olof Edvin Verner Jonsson
(1900-07-29)29 July 1900
near Boden, Norrbotten, Sweden
Died 25 August 1976(1976-08-25) (aged 76)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Period 1924–1976
Notable works
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Literature
1974 (shared with Harry Martinson)

Eyvind Johnson (29 July 1900 – 25 August 1976) was a Swedish writer and author. He became a member of the Swedish Academy in 1957 and shared the Nobel Prize in Literature with Harry Martinson in 1974 with the citation: for a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom.


  • Biography 1
  • Controversy 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Johnson was born Olof Edvin Verner Jonsson in Svartbjörnsbyn village in Överluleå parish, near the town of Boden in Norrbotten. In Boden they show the small house where he grew up.

His most noted works include Here's Your Life (1935), Return to Ithaca (1946) and The Days of His Grace (1960).


The choice of Johnson and Harry Martinson as Nobel Prize winners in 1974 was controversial as both were on the Nobel panel themselves and

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Nils Ahnlund
Swedish Academy,
Seat No.11

Succeeded by
Ulf Linde
  • Eyvind Johnson Society

External links

  1. ^ Raúl Fain Binda BBC Mundo (1 January 1970). "BBC Mundo – Noticias – Londres 2012: el cruel destino del atleta que llega cuarto". Retrieved 13 August 2012. 


  • De fyra främlingarna (short story collection, 1924)
  • Timans och rättfärdigheten (novel, 1925)
  • Stad i mörker (novel, 1927)
  • Stad i ljus (novel, 1928)
  • Minnas (novel, 1928)
  • Kommentar till ett stjärnfall (novel, 1929)
  • Avsked till Hamlet (novel, 1930)
  • Natten är här (short story collection, 1932)
  • Bobinack (novel, 1932)
  • Regn i gryningen (novel, 1933)
  • Nu var det 1914 (novel, 1934)
  • Än en gång, kapten! (short story collection, 1934)
  • Here's Your Life (Swedish: Här har du ditt liv!, novel, 1935)
  • Se dig inte om! (novel, 1936)
  • Slutspel i ungdomen (novel, 1937)
  • Nattövning (novel, 1938)
  • Den trygga världen (short story collection, 1940)
  • Soldatens återkomst (novel, 1940)
  • Grupp Krilon (novel, 1941)
  • Krilons resa (novel, 1942)
  • Krilon själv (novel, 1943)
  • Sju liv (short story compilation, 1944)
  • Return to Ithaca (Swedish: Strändernas svall, novel, 1946; drama, 1948)
  • Pan mot Sparta (short story collection, 1946)
  • Dagbok från Schweiz (1949)
  • Drömmar om rosor och eld (novel, 1949)
  • Lägg undan solen (novel, 1951)
  • Romantisk berättelse (novel, 1953)
  • Tidens gång (novel, 1955)
  • Vinterresa i Norrbotten (1955)
  • Molnen över Metapontion (novel, 1957)
  • Vägar över Metaponto – en resedagbok (1959)
  • The Days of His Grace (Swedish: Hans nådes tid, novel, 1960)
  • Spår förbi Kolonos – en berättelse (1961)
  • Livsdagen lång (novel, 1964)
  • Stunder, vågor – anteckningar, berättelser (1965)
  • Favel ensam (novel, 1968)
  • Resa i hösten 1921 (1973)
  • Några steg mot tystnaden (novel, 1973)
  • Olibrius och gestalterna (youth short story collection, 1986)
  • Herr Clerk vår mästare (original version of Minnas, novel, 1998)



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