Ellen Mattson succeeds Jayne Svenungsson at chair 9, and Anne Swärd succeeds Sara Stridsberg on chair 13. The decision to elect the new members were at Thursday's gathering of the Swedish Academy, and has been approved by the king, the institution's high protector.
" We wanted to have with the prose in a bit of a more emphatic way and then we found these two female authors, which we think is very, very good. I think they can contribute a lot to our prisarbete, which is very centrally located in all of our operations. They are a bit younger than the members that we have had in the past, but at the same time experienced both as writers and readers. The experience think we can really be to the benefit of the Academy, " says Anders Olsson to the DN.
– They are quite different in nature and they will be able to continue its work to write the books I hope. It is very good for the Academy is that they are good readers. Mattson has also worked as a critic and editor, she is familiar to readers and it gives us very much in our prisarbete and Anne Swärd I am quite sure will make it with.
is the author and lives in Dublin. She made her debut in 1992 with the novel ”the night patrols” and has published a dozen novels, most recently ”Sommarleken” and ”the Tower and the birds”. She has also written drama for stage and radio plays.
the Author, Anne Sward, 50 years, living in the Fyledalen outside Ystad, and debuted in 2003 with ”Polarsommar”, a book which also became Augustpris-nominated. Her latest novel ”Vera” was published two years ago.
with The to invalen is made remains just a chair that is vacant in the Swedish Academy. The department was shaken during the preceding period of internal strife, which led to the seven members left their seats. Earlier in the year, has the poet Tua Forsström has been elected as a new member.
confirmed member Per Wästberg for the DN that you agreed on the election of two female members. He then replied also to the question when he believes that a third new member can be elected.
– It is uncertain, but we hope that it will be done in the spring, before the summer recess. In that case, will the Academy finally the eighteen for the first time since 1989. We are moving forward in a good atmosphere, " said Per Wästberg.
Anders Olsson say however on Friday that it is not ”necessary” that you need to be ready even before the summer.
– Early autumn I'd say. When is there time to prepare a little bit before högtidssammankomsten when the newly elected enters in the Academy. For the last seat will kompetensfrågan check – what we need for the force on it. But it is very funny that, for the first time since the Rushdie affair we can be full. It is thirty years since we were there, " says Anders Olsson.
– It is much calmer and safer now than it has been for a very, very, long time. I think that we are constantly making progress. It feels as if we are back in a normal escaped in our work. I am full of confidence for the future. It is a nice atmosphere.
Anne Sward, Ellen Mattson and Tua Forsström takes the formal entry into the Swedish Academy at the högtidssammankomsten on 20 december.Link to the graphics