Sara Stridsberg was born in 1972 in Stockholm. She writes novels and plays and also works as a translator and journalist. Her first novel Happy Sally (2004) is about Sally Bauer, who was the first woman to swim the English Channel. For her second novel, Dream Factory, Stridsberg received the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2007. Dream Factory tells the story of the mentally ill radical feminist Valerie Solanas, author of the “SCUM Manifesto,” who in 1968 attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol. Stridsberg’s most recent novel, Daily River, was published in 2010 in Sweden and refers to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
During Stridsberg’s semester at Freie Universität Berlin as the Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor, she is teaching a seminar (in English) entitled “Destroy she says” – Destruction, Alienation & Literature from Medea (Euripides) to Blasted (Sarah Kane).