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Lars Gustafsson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lars Gustafsson (born May 17, 1936) is a Swedish, poet, novelist and scholar. He was born in Västerås, completed his secondary education at the Västerås gymnasium and continued to Uppsala University; he received his Licentiate degree in 1960 and was awarded his Ph.D. in Theoretical Philosophy in 1978. He lived in Austin, Texas until 2003, and has recently returned to Sweden. He served as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught Philosophy and Creative Writing, until May 2006, when he retired. In 1981 Gustafsson converted to Judaism.


While the problem of identity has been the defining theme of Gustafsson's writings, his social criticism has often vexed the Swedish cultural elite. As a result he is seen as a controversial writer in Sweden rather than as one embraced by the establishment.


In May 2009, Lars Gustafsson declared that he would vote for the Pirate Party in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament.

I find he was among the 30 petitioners against the 2001 "UN World Conference against Racism" on grounds that it conducted 'hate speech' against Israel, and participated in the Islamophobia craze, so, unfortunately, he seems to be among the more off intellectuals defending Israel.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Aug 25th, 2009 at 12:21:23 PM EST
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