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Andrzej Tichý

Andrzej Tichý (b. 1978) was born in Prague to a Polish mother and a Czech father and has lived in Sweden since 1981. He is the author of five novels, a story collection and a wide range of nonfiction and criticism, Tichý has received critical acclaim for his work, and is widely recognized as one of the most important novelists of his generation. His novel Wretchedness (Eländet), a post-political foray into modern day Swedish society, was shortlisted for the August Prize in 2016 and nominated for the 2021 International Booker Prize. The latest short story collection Purity was nominated for the Nordic Council Literary Prize.


Ivar Lo-Johanssons personal prize Sweden 2022
Nordic Council Prize nominee – Renheten Purity 2021
Sydsvenskan's Culture Prize Sweden 2021
International Booker Prize nominee – Eländet Wretchedness 2021
Eyvind Johnson Award Sweden – Eländet Wretchedness 2018
August Prize Nominee (Best novel of the year) Sweden – Eländet Wretchedness 2016
Nordic Council Prize nominee 2014
Borås Tidning Debut Award (Best debut of the year) Sweden 2006
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Andrzej Tichý awarded the Ivar Lo-Johansson’s personal prize

The author of Wretchedness and Purity is awarded the Ivar Lo-Johansson’s personal prize, one of Sweden’s most prestigious literary prizes. The award has previously been awarded to Per Olov Enquist, Birgitta Trotzig, Kerstin Thorvall and Kerstin Ekman, amongst others.

The jury’s motivation is as follows: “With literary sharpness and dark humor he depicts the experiences of migration.” The jury also highlights his ability to pin down the loneliness of those who are subjected to class oppression.