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Sem-Sandberg, Steve

Entry updated 19 December 2020. Tagged: Author.

(1958-    ) Norwegian-born journalist, translator and author, in Sweden from childhood; his first two novels – Sländornas värld ["The World of Dragonflies"] (1976), an ironized Space Opera whose protagonist must persuade inhabitants of a colonized planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) to return to the cold embrace of Terra, and the similar Sökare i dödsskuggan ["Seeker in the Shadow of Death"] (1976) – are full-blown sf tales of a sort he did not return to. He is perhaps best known for a nonfantastic example of Holocaust Fiction, De fattiga i Łódź ["The Impoverished in Łódź"] (2009; trans Sarah Death as The Emperor of Lies 2011); and for De utvalda (2014; trans Anna Paterson as The Chosen Ones 2016), about Nazi experiments in Eugenics, which edges into the fantastic. Stormen (2016; trans by Anna Paterson as The Tempest 2019), set on a mysterious Island in Norwegian waters whose inhabitants seem to be literally haunted by Nazi atrocities dating back to World War Two, retells William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1611; 1623). [JC]

Snorre Steve Sem-Sandberg

born Oslo, Norway: 16 August 1958

works (highly selected)

  • Sländornas värld ["The World of Dragonflies"] (Stockholm, Sweden: Bokád, 1976) [binding unknown/]
  • Sökare i dödsskuggan ["Seeker in the Shadow of Death"] (Stockholm, Sweden: Bokád, 1976) [binding unknown/]
  • Stormen (Stockholm, Sweden: Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2016) [hb/]
    • The Tempest (London: Faber, 2019) [trans by Anna Paterson of the above: pb/]


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