The politics of violence
Jan Guillou and Simen Ekern
Oppdatert tirsdag 29. januar 2019, kl. 11:1111:11
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Jan Guillou is one of Sweden's best-selling authors, best known for his spy novels on Hamilton, but also for his historical novels on the crusader Arn.
In recent years, Guillou has embarked on what he refers to as his most ambitious literary project ever: In his widely written novel, which so far counts eight books, he portrays the three brothers Oscar, Sverre and Lauritz and their descendants throughout it 20 century. All three brothers eventually become engineers and railroad and bridge builders. In parallel, Europe's modern history and one of the bloodiest centuries in human history are portrayed.
In this year's novel, Those Who Kill Dreams Never Sleep (translated by Bodil Engen), we have come to the decade when Guillou himself became politically active: the 70s. Central to the action is this decade's political radicalization and violence.
Simen Ekern is a writer and journalist and has written about, among other things, Italian Brigate Rosse, a left-wing grouping behind the murder of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. At the Literature House, Ekern talks to Jan Guillou about violent politics, but also about family ties and a changing Europe.