Universitatea din Lund, Suedia
Björn Apelkvist is currently Swedish lecturer at Bucharest University, Romania, teaching courses on among other things Swedish Children´s Literature, Modern Swedish Drama, and The Swedish Welfare State. Born in Turku, Finland, in 1969. B.A. at Uppsala University in 1992, Ph.D. at the Department of Comparative Literature at Lund University in 2005. Books: The Mother Conflict in Lars Norén’s Dramatic Works of the 1980s. A Study of Fourteen Plays by Lars Norén. Articles: ”Un melancolic resemnat”, Romania Literara 2008:19,”Seeing the World through the Eyes of Children. Astrid Lindgren, Sweden and Romania”, Revista Studii de Stiinta si Cultura. Universitatea de Vest ‘Vasile Goldis’ din Arad, 2008:2 ,“A Romanian version of Paideia. Constantin Noica and his philosophical school in Paltinis”, Finsk tidskrift 2008:10
In the present article the significant impetus of Romanian novelist Mircea Cărtărescu on a Swedish audience is discussed, with special attention focused on the concept of Nostalgia, and Cărtărescus relation to the aesthetics of dream reality, first introduced in Sweden by August Strindberg with his “A Dreamplay” from 1901. Viewpoints on more precisely what kind of readers that Cărtărescu seems to have attracted in Sweden are also presented, as well as on the translations into Swedish of his novels that have been made by Inger Johansson.
Key Words: Mircea Cărtărescu, Romania, Sweden, August Strindberg, Inger Johansson, Nostalgia, Dream Aesthetics,
Cuvinte cheie: Mircea Cărtărescu, România, Suedia, August Strindberg, Inger Johansson, nostalgie, estetica visului.