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Vilhelm Moberg

Vilhelm Moberg, a Swedish writer, born August 20, 1898, died August 8, 1973.

Moberg's most famous work is a series of four novels (1949-1959) that describe one Swedish family's migration from Smalandia to Minnesota in the late 19th century, a destiny shared by almost one million people, including several of the author's relatives. The musical Kristina from Duvemåla by ex-ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson is based on this story. These novels have been translated to English (The Emigrants, 1951, Unto a Good Land, 1954, The Settlers, 1961, The Last Letter Home, 1961) as have some other of his works.

With a working class background, Moberg started out as a newspaper editor (in 1919). His first novel (Raskens) appeared in 1927. In his works, he often expressed a republican (anti-royalist) point of view, much due to the facts that surfaced in the Kejne affair and Haijby affair, where Moberg took an active part.

See also: List of Swedish writers

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