Poetry. Music. Translated by Victoria Häggblom and Bruno K. Öijer. Bruno K. Öijer, bestselling author and fierce social critic, has reached an iconic status in Sweden. He broke through as a rebellious young poet in the early 1970s with a brash style that drew equally from rock music and the historical avant-garde. In the 1980s, Öijer became a performing artist, touring Sweden with a band and releasing a record. But in the 90s he startled Swedish literature returning to written poetry with the legendary trilogy of books—While the Poison Acts, The Lost Word and The Fog of Everything—that together make up a powerful, mystical vision. The books became instant classics of modern Swedish poetry and have been translated into many languages. This is the first time all three books are published together in English translation.
Bruno K. Öijer has been one of the most popular and influential Swedish poets for decades, much like Tomas Tranströmer. As a member of the rebellious poetry group Vesuvius, Öijer published his first book, Song for Anarchism, in 1973. His now-classic TRILOGY includes Medan Giftet Verkar (While the Poison Acts, 1990), Det Förlorade Ordet (The Lost Word, 1995), and Dimman av Allt (The Fog of Everything, 2001). He continues to publish books, as well as offer sold-out readings around Sweden.
Author City: SWE
Victoria Häggblom is a writer and translator with an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She has received grants and awards from Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, Santa Fe Art Institute, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, PEN America Center, and Swedish Institute and was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation's Poetry Translation Prize for her translation of Bruno K. Öijer's THE TRILOGY, published by Action Books in 2020.
Author City: USA