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August Prize winner: "In 20 years, we forget everything"

Published tisdag 24 november 2015 kl 16.13
Photo: Maja Suslin / TT
Author Jessica Schiefauer. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT

This year's August Prizes, awarded Monday evening to four authors, highlighted the themes of migration, loneliness, being an outsider, and the vulnerability of refugees.

The prize, named after the Swedish author August Strindberg, is one of Sweden's most prestigious literary awards.

Jessica Schiefauer won in the category of children's and young adults' books for När hundarna kommer, published by Bonnier Carlsen, a love story set a couple of decades ago in a little community in Sweden strained by the presence of neo-Nazi sentiments.

"We have a tough society where many strive to make a distinction between us and them," Schiefauer told Radio Sweden, adding, "Even if I've returned to the mid-90s and depicted what I remember from then, it's the 17-year-olds of today, their 2015 that I'm depicting at the same time. And that's bloody scary, I think, that in 20 years, we forget everything."

The other winners were Jonas Hassen Khemiri, in the category of Swedish literature; Karin Bojs for nonfiction; and Rasmus Bjerkander, in the Lilla Augustpriset category.

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