"Per Wästberg writes masterfully about the self-willed star"
"the Swedish Academy to protect our language and remember our authors. So it has been from its beginning. The center of the storm is pursuing this mission is Per Wästberg. He has long been sought after as the speaker at the festivities at the awards, and of those elegant tributes, there have been a couple of books. He has sometimes gone up in the format as in the peerless minnesteckningen of Gustaf Adolf Lysholm from 2013. Now he takes on his ungdomsvän Bo Grandien in a thick book which, in a remarkable manner combines the detail and pregnans, närgångenhet and respect."
"A minnesteckning is not the same as a biography. It does not try to be comprehensive. It takes a solid personal memories and does not sidestep amusing anecdotes. The values and describes the ”personalities” more than a biography allows itself now-a-days. It can leave parts of their subject in the shade without being accused of subjectivity. "
"Bo Grandien (1932-2014) was a literary star almost as bright as Tomas Tranströmer. He made his debut as a 19-year-old with Poems front and back, a collection of prosadikter. Already here, he established himself as a bemused and joyful absurdist. The short story " the Japanese who disappeared from 1953, is a minor classic about people who choose to disappear from the visible world. In addition, there are a couple of novels and little else before it fiction, her writing was largely completed when he reached the age of 30. "
"He worked as a self-willed and stylish journalist in Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter, but he slipped over in the science and became a professor of art history in Stockholm and the permanent secretary of the academy of fine arts towards the end of the 90's. He wrote the mighty and loving works of the 1800-century Swedish architecture. A offers selection of his production came in a klassikerutgåva in the autumn, a kind of appetizer to Wästbergs minnesteckning."
"In a way, is Per Wästbergs book a portrait of a group of friends from the early 50s. He, Grandien and Tomas Tranströmer became friends, even as teenagers and found themselves in the middle of a vibrant literary life on the road away from the pressures of the 40's. All three had fathers who were journalists, and Wästberg gives a hint to a newspaper ethnology that should be included in the bill when it admonishes the people of the book murvlar for their drinking and tafsande. Cope was not an easy environment to live in, nor the landsortstidningar that Bo Grandien got the beta of that volunteer. "
"”Bo disguised her concern in a careful phrasing,” says Wästberg. And, one might add, in a passion for details. Hence, his well-founded reputation as a sad but at the same time hilarious flanör. He loved the fires and wrote the Stockholm brandväsens history. His daily (unsigned) box in the Swedish of Stockholm, is better than the best gatufotograf. Also when he wrote about the old (and now quite despised) the architects he chose, fun misfits. His thesis is a memorial to Carl Georg Brunius, professor of Greek and amatörarkitekt, that at 1800-century, made the Lund cathedral is even older than it was."
"I had been some long kaféeftermiddagar with the 50th century, young author. I had laughed a lot and learned even more. Several mentioned already – I can add Göran Palm, Sven Lindqvist, Clas Engström, Lars Forssell. Per Wästberg gives a strong feeling of presence by the many quotes from his own diary. The correspondence was extensive. Might not tranströmer's letter lie unreleased for so long! I think he is one of the largest in the genre."
"Per Wästberg writes sometimes a little too good for his own good. The elegance can be tedious. But this book gives a brilliant full-length portrait of a writer and a journalist is really worth to remember and read."
"" Bo Grandien – a writer, reporter, researcher."
"Wahlström & Widstrand"