Ingrid Carlberg (second from right), the late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg's biographer. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/Scanpix

Wallenberg biography trumps Zlatan to win literary prize

Ingrid Carlberg won the August literary prize for her biography of Raoul Wallenberg, the late Swede who rescued thousands of jews in Hungary during World War Two. Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his biographer David Lagercrantz were left empty handed.

"It's not often that I am at a loss for words," Carlberg said after receiving the prize, and went on to thank Wallenberg's sister Nina Lagergren for her help with the book, "Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig" (There is a room here waiting for you).

Göran Rosenberg won the fiction prize for his childhood memoir chronicling his father's path from the Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland during World War Two to the town of Södertälje south of Stockholm. Rosenberg's book is titled "Ett kort uppehåll på vägen från Auschwitz" (A brief respite on the way from Auschwitz).

The prize for children's literature went to Nina Ulmaja for her book "A B C å allt om D" (A B C n' everything about D). The small August prize, given to authors between 16 and 20 years of age, went to Ulrika Netterlblad for her novel "Route 66".

A jury nominated six authors in each of the four catagories. A group of 63 book shopkeepers, librarians and critics then votes for the winners, who receive 100,000 SEK and a bronze statue. The winner of the small prize receives 15,000 SEK.

Graphic novel in contention for August prize

A first among the nominees is the nomination of a graphic novel, "Elin under the sea" by Sofia Malmberg. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's life story "I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic" ghost written be David Lagercrantz, is one of six nominees in the Best non-fiction book category.

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