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Johannes Anyuru


Johannes Anyuru was born in Borås, Sweden in 1979. His father is from Uganda, having fled from Idi Amin, and his mother from Sweden. He grew up in Växjö. He initially studied to become an engineer but then changed his mind and became a writer. He started as a poet, with his first collection using Homer’s The Iliad as background. Since then he has written novels, two of which have been translated into English, and a play. In 2007, he converted to Islam.

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2003 Det är bara gudarna som är nya (poetry)
2005 Omega (poetry)
2009 Städerna inuti Hall (poetry)
2010 Skulle jag dö under andra himlar (novel)
2012 En storm kom från paradiset (A Storm Blew in From Paradise) (novel)
2017 De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar (They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears) (novel)
2018 Strömavbrottets barn: texter om konst, våld och fred 2010-2018 (art)
2022 Ixelles