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Mats Malm is exactly what the Academy needs right now

Anders Cullhed, professor emeritus in comparative literature and have felt Mats Malm since 1996.

– It is an old friend and my spontaneous reaction is of course that it is a very good choice. It is valuable to a person who has good knowledge of our literary heritage is sitting on a such an important post, " says Anders Cullhed to the DN.

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Although Mats Malm was elected as a member of the Academy in October 2018. Cullhed has also followed Malm's work as director of the Swedish literature bank, a project that will make available the american literature on the web.

" He is no temperamental star but a calm and collected force. It is exactly what the Swedish Academy need right now.

– For the first it becomes to keep up the institution, which has come to very different directions. He is the one who has the expertise and conditions to do it. It is also an advantage to be new to the chair, considering all that has happened, " says Anders Cullhed.

With Ulrika Knutson says in a comment to the TT that the Ore is an expected but excellent choice.

– the Academy has certainly targeted him from the beginning. I can't see anything that speaks against the Mats Malm as its permanent secretary. I do not know him personally, but know that he is a capable person and to the Academy with him an outgoing and folkbildningsinriktad force that can drive the necessary improvements, " she says.

the Critic Ulrika Milles mean that it was pretty given that the Ore would become a permanent secretary, because the other candidate, Tomas Riad has previously been accused of a conflict of interest in a language project which is partially financed by the department.

– But now we are back in the old tradition of male secretaries, which is a little depressed. And a little depressed that it was actually forced to be so. They were forced to choose like this, there was no other way to do it, " says Ulrika Milles to the TT.

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