Göran Malmqvist, 1924-2019
Göran Malmqvist, member of the Swedish Academy, has passed away. Malmqvist was elected to the Swedish Academy in 1985, where he succeeded the literary historian Henry Olsson to Chair number 5.
Göran Malmqvist was a linguist, literary historian, sinologist, translator and Emeritus Professor at Stockholm University. His research largely focused on classical Chinese philology, syntax and semantics. He translated more than 40 Chinese books from different time periods to Swedish. He also wrote or contributed to a number of standard works within Chinese linguistics and history of literature. Moreover, he wrote fiction himself, both prose and poems.
Göran Malmqvist made an invaluable work, both as a member of the Swedish Academy and as an introducer of Chinese literature to a Swedish readership.