Magnus Alkarp, born in 1959, is a highly acclaimed, award-winning Swedish author, playwright and historian. He earned his PhD in History and Archaeology at Uppsala University. Between 1979-1989 Alkarp worked at the Swedish National Theatre and several other theatres and stages.
Discovered by the Swedish publisher Per I Gedin, Alkarp made his literary debut in 1996 with “The Golden Years”, a novel that won raves from Scandinavian and British reviewers. One of Sweden’s most respected critic wrote “I ask myself if we face the beginning of a significant authorship.” Alkarp has since published several literary works, among others “At road’s end”, “Four days in April” and “Day of Wrath”.
In 2011 Alkarp recieved one of Scandinavias most prestigious literary prizes, ”The Jan Fridegard price.”
Alkarp was commissioned to write the manuscript for the 2016 Nobel Prize banquet in collaboration with clarinetist Martin Fröst.
Working on several plays, screenplays and novels, Alkarp is also engaged as a literary critic, among others in the leading Swedish national newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet.
»Alkarps novel lacks not only the typical, narcissistic narrator of today. It is so ingeniously composed and pleasurable completed that I asked myself if we face the beginning of a significant authorship. «
»Magnus Alkarp is a long overdue narrator. His ”The golden years” is, in my opinion, one of the 1990s most impressing novels. «
“It’s a lovely story, Alkarps brilliance and joy of storytelling contributes to an exceptionally enjoyable reading, at times wildly and shamelessly fun read, written in a rich and viable language. The explanation for this exuberant delight in narrative is probably in something that can be understood from Alkarps motto “All the stories are love stories,” and Alkarp has a lot of stories to tell.”
“Four days in April is extremely readable. Alkarp has a lovely prose and his use of the historical material is extremely well suited when the sources are paired with more or less literary passages. The book is very exciting and filled with a sympathetic, low-key humor”
“Magnus Alkarp makes me happy. It might sound a bit strange considering that he writes about Nazis. It’s a long time since I discovered one of my brand new popular historical writer who immediately pulls me into the text, and then refuses to let go. Alkarp is well-spoken, personable and has a nice humor that both highlights the text and in a smart way puts his finger on the absurd acts that followed.”
“Suggestive thriller. Alkarps new novel punctures idealized myths about Sweden’s neutrality in the Second World War. Alkarp gives a detailed and precise prose, a poignant and intense depiction of the hell of war … Alkarp manages to skillfully keep the excitement alive to the very last page … an evocative and thought-provoking book about a period of our history that continues to have repercussions in our own time.”
»Alkarp is adept at writing dialogue. He dissects every emotion with a few words. We all knew Alkarp knows what he is doing. The book’s fascinating human stories, fictional but highly probable, really grabs a hold on the reader. A screenwriter should make a movie of this as fast as possible«
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