Carola Hansson was born in Stockholm in 1942. She is married and lives in Stockholm, where she has conducted studies in history of art, philosophy, history of literature and the Russian language. Between 1979 and 1988 she worked as a playwright for the Swedish Television and in 1980 she published, together with Karin Lidén, a much discussed book of unofficial interviews with Soviet women, Moscow Women, published in several countries including the US.
Carola Hansson made her literary debut in 1983 with the novel Det drömda barnet/The Dreamt Child. Her breakthrough came in 1994 with the novel Andrej, about one of Leo Tolstoy’s sons. Steinhof, published in 1997, also found favour with both critics and public. Both Andrej and A Complaisant Man were nominated to the August Prize. Today, Carola Hansson is regarded as one of Sweden’s most important female writers.
Her novel, Masja, about the life of the daughter of Lev Tolstoy, is a powerful story of a woman’s fate and touches issues that are highly topical today. The novel is carried by a language that is clear and transparent, the sentences are long and winding, rhythmic and varied. To read Masja is a beautiful experience. It is a rich and magnificent novel and it is praised in media with reviews out of this world.
Her new novel, Threads of Memory was shortlisted for the August Prize 2020.
She has been honored with several awards, among them The Bonnier Prize, Signe Ekblad-Eldh Award, Swedish Radio Novel Prize, Samfundet De Nios Grand Prize and more. Masja as well as Andrej were nominated for the prestigious August Prize. In August 2018 she was honored the Selma Lagerlöf Literary Prize.
In February of 2021 she was awarded the Gerard Bonnier Prize 2020 by the Swedish Academy. The prize was established in 1988 and is awarded to authors who are active in the Academy’s area of interest. The award consists of 300,000 SEK.
Carola Hansson is published in Sweden, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, USA, China, Ukraine, Lithuania, UK, Finland and the Netherlands.