Jörn Donner, (born 5 February 1933, Helsinki, Finland) grew up in a Swedish-speaking family belonging to the Finnish upper class. Already as a student he had radical leftist ideas displayed in magazines and newspapers. His first novel appeared in 1951 when Donner was only 18 years old. He graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1959. In 1961 Donner moved to Sweden when the daily newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” hired him as a film critic. He returned to his home country in 1967. During his stay in Sweden he also directed his first feature film, “A Sunday in September”. He temporarily returned to Sweden in the 1970s to head the Swedish Film Institute. Again, Donner returned to his home country after a while.
Donner is best known for his work as an author. He has written several novels. He was awarded the Finlandia Prize in Literature in 1985 for “Father and Son”. During the years he has also written many columns for large news papers in Finland.
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