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Lars Norén

Lars Norén

Lars Norén (1944–2021) was a Swedish playwright, poet, novelist and memoirist. He is the author of 18 poetry collections, four novels and over 100 plays, which have been translated into many languages and performed all over the world. He has been honored with a number of awards.

Regarded by many as the greatest Swedish playwright since Strindberg, Norén has dealt with the love-hate relationships of modern dysfunctional families in emotionally powerful and sombre plays spiced with absurd humour, such as Natten är dagens mor (1982; “Night Is Mother to the Day”).

Norén’s characters, like those of Strindberg, seem hopelessly locked into their closed family hell. In later works Norén left the home behind to explore the world of the unseen - prisoners, drug addicts, and those housed in institutions. He has, to the dismay of many, brought such people onstage to perform in his dramas, thus obliterating all borders between reality and fiction.

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