Ola Larsmo, born 1957, was raised in Västervik but now counts Uppsala as his home. He made his debut in 1983 with the novella Vindmakaren (The Wind Maker) and has since produced a number of novels, along with essay collection Odysséer (Odysseys) and short story collection Stumheten (The Dumbness). His more recent novels are often set against a historical backdrop with documentary features.
In addition to his authorship, he is also an arts journalist and a social commentator, primarily in Dagens Nyheter. He also has extensive knowledge of Norwegian and Irish literature. From 1985 to 1990 he was the editor of Bonnier’s Literary Magazine.
In 1991, he was presented with newspaper Göteborgs-Posten’s literary award. Novel Maroonberget (The Maroon Mountain) was awarded with magazine Vi’s literature prize in 1996.
2018 he was awarded Natur & Kultur’s Kulturpris, one of the most prestigious cultural awards in Sweden. The award is given out to someone who has done a great deed for Swedish culture. Ola was awarded for his sense of style and for making us aware of who we are and how the history has shaped us.
In 2019 Ola Larsmo was the recipient of the Literary Society The Nine’s Grand Prize. He was awarded for providing an authorship that is “carried by a passion for truth, forceful depictions and the pursuit of justice.”