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Sundbyberg in literature - an author tour in Sumpan.

"Sundbyberg in Literature" is an initiative by the City of Sundbyberg to showcase the city's literary connections. There are a total of 12 literary signs around the city, and each sign represents an author. At the weekend, we took our electric bikes and looked up all the signs.


Sundbyberg in literature - 12 signs

The 12 signs were five when "Sundbyberg in Literature" was inaugurated in 2015. Now the number has increased by another seven, and anyone who wants to can submit more suggestions. to the municipality. Each plaque represents an author connected to Sundbyberg and contains quotes where the city, and perhaps the specific location, is described in literature.

Sundbyberg i litteraturen - Duvbo
The beautiful neighbourhood of Duvbo in Sundbyberg.

Many of the signs are located in the centre of Sundbyberg or in Lilla Alby, and you can easily walk between them if you want to. Some are further away, in Rissne and Hallonbergen, and to get these, it was really good to have the electric bikes. We take you around - in the same order as we found the signs!

1. junction Järnvägsgatan /Ekovägen: Stieg Trenter

  • Who? Journalist and mystery writer (1914-1967)
  • Best known for? Detective story with the main characters Harry Friberg (photographer) and his partner Vesper Johnson (detective inspector).
  • Why here? In the 1956 detective novel "Narr på nocken", the two protagonists pass this spot on their way to Solvalla to solve a murder mystery.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen

2. Valkyriavägen 13: John Ajvide Lindqvist

  • Who? Author of horror-themed books (born 1968)
  • Best known for? The book "Let the Right One In" from 2004, which has also been made into a film. Also books like "Little Star" and "Sky Beach".
  • Why here? In the story "Sluthanteringen" in the book "Pappersväggar", Kalle drives a transport to Heden where the living dead live. On the way he picks up the hitchhiker Flora, who lives at Valkyriavägen 13 in Rissne.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen - Valkyriavägen 13

3. Hallonbergsplan: Daniel Sjölin

  • Who? Author, literary critic and broadcaster (born 1977)
  • Best known for? Books under the pseudonym Michael Mortimer, "Världens sista roman" and as host of SVT's literary programme Babel.
  • Why here? In his childhood story "Oron bror", Daniel Sjölin described his visits to his grandmother in the Ör neighbourhood. In the quote, he describes how he sees the centre of Hallonbergen from his grandmother's window.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen - Hallonbergsplan

4. the solar park in Duvbo: Helga Henschen

  • Who? Artist and writer (1917-2002)
  • Best known for? Art and sculptures (including the decoration of Tensta metro station) and books such as 'The Road to Rebella' and 'In the Shadow of a Crime'.
  • Why here? Helga Henschen lived in Duvbo from 1976 until her death. The quote describes her home in Duvbo.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen - Duvbo
Brandstation i Duvbo
A fantastically cute old fire station in Duvbo

5. the Tower Park: Eva Adolfsson

  • Who? Author, magazine editor and literary critic (1942-2010)
  • Best known for? Novels such as 'In her absence', 'Transformation' and 'To Moscow'.
  • Why here? In the 2005 novel "Förvandling", a young, pregnant woman wanders around Sundbyberg. In the quote, Eva Adolfsson describes how the woman beyond Tornparken sees Sundbyberg with its black and red roofs.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen

6. Sundbyberg church: Ragnar Thoursie

  • Who? Poet and civil servant (1919-2010)
  • Best known for? Collections of poems such as 'Songs from elderly care' and 'The Sundbyberg Prologue', written for the city's 25th anniversary.
  • Why here? Ragnar Thoursie lived in Sundbyberg and wrote 'The Sundbyberg Prologue'. The quote is from "Nya sidor och dagsljus" and describes a church.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen
Sundbybergs kyrka

7. 15 Esplanade: Vic Suneson

  • Who? Mystery writer whose real name is Sune Viktor Lundquist (1911-1975)
  • Best known for? Mysteries such as "The Murderer's Match Ball", "Murder Around Maud" and "Murder on the Menu".
  • Why here? "Klas and the mysterious wig" is a detective story for children and young people set in Sundbyberg. The author's son Anders is the model for the book's Klas, who, like Anders, lived on the Esplanade.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen - Esplanaden 15

8. Foundry jaws 10: Hillevi Wahl

  • Who? Journalist, columnist, author and lecturer (born 1965)
  • Best known for? The book "Kärleksbarnet" is about growing up in an abusive home.
  • Why here? Hillevi Wahl grew up in Lilla Alby. In her book 'Kärleksbarnet' she describes her first memories as being from a balcony at Gjuteribacken.
Gjuteribacken 10

9. Albygatan: Stig Dagerman

  • Who? Author, editor and journalist (1923-1954)
  • Best known for? Books such as 'The Worm', 'Island of the Condemned' and 'German Autumn', as well as the verses 'Dagsedlar' published in the newspaper Arbetaren.
  • Why here? In his book 'Vårt behov av tröst' (Our Need for Comfort), published posthumously in 1955, Stig Dagerman describes how he strapped on his skis outside the milk shop on the corner of Tritonvägen and Albygatan.
Sundbyberg i litteraturen - Stig Dagerman

10. Högklintavägen 20: Stieg Larsson

  • Who? Journalist and author (1954-2004)
  • Best known for? Founder of the magazine "Expo" and the Millennium Trilogy with "Men who hate women", "The girl who played with fire" and "The castle that blew up".
  • Why here? In "Men Who Hate Women", the main character Lisbeth Salander makes a number of visits to her hacker colleague Plague, who lives on Högklintavägen in Lilla Alby.
Högklintavägen 20

11. Tuvan Park: Agnes von Krusenstjerna

  • Who? Author (1894-1940)
  • Best known for? Autobiographical, erotically charged and revealing novels, including the Tony series and the "Misses von Pahlen" series.
  • Why here? Agnes von Krusenstjerna suffered from mental illness at an early age and spent seven months in the Solna nursing home in Tuvanparken, which she describes in 'Tony's last year of school'.

12. Bällsta Bridge: Carl Michael Bellman

  • Who? Swedish skald (1740-1795)
  • Best known for? These include 'Fredman's Epistles' and 'Fredman's Songs'.
  • Why here? In the 1760s, Carl Michael Bellman visited his friend Jonas Arnell at the Bällsta stud farm. Before returning to Stockholm, he was allowed to borrow a horse, but there had been a lot of alcohol during the evening and our dear poet fell off near Bällsta bridge, where he also lost his wig.
Bällsta bro

"Sundbyberg in literature" required a lunch break

The bike ride around "Sundbyberg in literature" took a few hours, so we took the opportunity to strengthen ourselves with a lunch. We have lived in Sumpan before and then the Italian restaurant Parma was one of our favourite places. We had a favourite pasta at that time (Fettucine with avocado, shrimp and black caviar), and we checked if it was still on the menu eight years later. It was, and it was still just as good!

Parma i Sundbyberg
Parma i Sundbyberg

Your relationship with Sundbyberg and Sundbyberg in literature?

Have you been to Sundbyberg, and if so, have you seen the "Sundbyberg in Literature" author signs? Do you have any special relationship with any of the authors or books? Do you like this kind of cultural walks/cycle tours?

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