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Sara Stridsberg wins the Literature Prize

The Swedish author Sara Stridsberg has won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize 2007 for her work 'The Dream Faculty' ('Drömfakulteten'). The Literature Prize, worth DKK 350,000, will be presented to Sara Stridsberg at the end October 2007 during the Nordic Council Session in Oslo. The Nordic Council Literature Prize has been awarded since 1962.

Mar 05, 2007

"'The Dream Faculty' is a passionate novel of great depth. The narrative revolves around the ultra-feminist icon Valeri Solanas and her in many ways tragic life story. Stridsberg mixes documentary material and free fiction in a feverishly vibrant prose. The novel's subtitle is 'postscript to the sexual theory', and the story constitutes of a blistering showdown with the various repressive mechanisms society employs. Despite the seriousness of the subject, "The Dream Faculty' is borne by a tremendous energy and linguistic lust," the Adjudication Committee wrote.

Sara Stridsberg was born in 1972, lives in Stockholm and had her debut as an author with the highly acclaimed novel "Happy Sally’ in 2004, a story about Sally Bauer, the first Scandinavian to swim across the English Channel. Her second novel 'The Dream Faculty' was published in 2006, this time a fictitious story about Valerie Solanas, the woman who will go down in history for writing the ultra-feminist manifesto SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) in the sixties and who later, after having tried to co-operate with Andy Warhol, shot and seriously injured him. Sara Stridsberg has also translated the SCUM manifesto into Swedish and written a play about Valerie Solanas.

The fictitious story in "The Dream Faculty’ is that the author visits Valerie Solanas at the end of her life in a room in the Bristol Hotel in the red-light Tenderloin District of San Fransisco, where Valerie Solanas was living where she died in 1988, kneeling by the bedside, sick and wretched, aged 52.