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Myrdal, Jan

Born:
July 19, 1927
Photo: Ola Erikson / Forflex

Swedish author, born in Stockholm as the son of Gunnar and Alva Myrdal, both of whom were social democratic members of the cabinet, Nobel Prize winners, and internationally known as the great theoreticians of the Swedish welfare state. Jan Myrdal grew up partly together with his parents in Geneva, Stockholm, and New York, and partly with his grandparents (on his father’s side) in Mariefred. He established an early reputation as the black sheep of the family, becoming a young communist at the age of fifteen, and quitting school at sixteen in order to support himself as a freelance journalist and author, or "writer" to use his own expression. He has contributed to several newspapers and periodicals. He has also taken initiative to organizations and periodicals such as Folket i Bild/Kulturfront, Förr och Nu etc. Jan Myrdal was married to the artist and photographer Gun Kessle (1926-2007). They worked together during 51 years. The couple lived in Mariefred, later in Skinnskatteberg.

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