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country of citizenship: Sweden
language of expression: Swedish
educated at: Uppsala University
occupation: poet, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, autobiographer
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature, Samfundet De Nio's Grand Prize, honorary doctor of the University of Gothenburg, Bellman Prize
position held: seat 8 of the Swedish Academy
Pär Fabian Lagerkvist (23 May 1891 – 11 July 1974) was a Swedish author who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951.
Lagerkvist wrote poems, plays, novels, stories, and essays of considerable expressive power and influence from his early 20s to his late 70s. One of his central themes was the fundamental question of good and evil, which he examined through such figures as Barabbas, the man who was freed instead of Jesus, and Ahasuerus, the Wandering Jew. As a moralist, he used religious motifs and figures from the Christian tradition without following the doctrines of the church.
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