Kerstin Ekman (born 1933) is a writer and a member of the Swedish Academy since 1978. She is one of the most popular Swedish writers and has won several awards since her debut in 1959. So far, she has published more than 30 novels and 5 of them have been cinematized.
In the beginning she mainly wrote crime novels, but later on moved over to more psychological and social themes. Since the early eighties, many of her books have focused on the life and development in the northern, more isolated, parts of Sweden. One of them is “Blackwater” which received the August Prize in 1993 and the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 1994.
Kerstin Ekman left the Swedish Academy in 1989 together with two other members, Lars Gyllensten and Werner Aspenström, due to the debate that followed the death threats posed to Salman Rushdie. However, her position cannot be filled by someone else since according to the rules of the Academy, she will remain a passive member for the rest of her life.
During her career, Kerstin Ekman has won a lot of prizes, such as the August Prize (twice, in 1993 and 2003), the BMF-plaque (twice, in 1974 and 1993) and the Ivar Lo-Prize.
She writes herself into non-existent worlds
Blackwater has a mixture of crime, love and passion and Ekman's graceful language fills it with parallels to myths, symbols and the development of modern day society.
The main character of the book is the troll Skord and we get to see the development of Sweden during 500 years through his eyes.
Part one in the Wolfskin Trilogy. In the break between winter and spring of 1916, a young midwife arrives to the village of Blackwater in northern Sweden.
The third and final book in the Wolfskin Trilogy.