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Vilhelm Moberg 119 years

Vilhelm Moberg 1959
Vilhelm Moberg, 1959.

On today's date 119 years ago, August 20, 1898, Vilhelm Moberg was born in a soldier's village in Moshultamåla village in Algutsboda parish, Uppvidinge county, Värend, Småland. The rest, as they say, is history.

Who was Vilhelm Moberg? In honour of the day, here are two articles that individually give a slightly one-sided picture of Moberg, but which together give a more nuanced and fairer picture of the man, the myth, the legend.

Johan Norberg: Vilhelm Moberg's greatest drama - the struggle against the authorities

Ulf Nilsson: A writer and his view of history - Vilhelm Moberg and Nils Dacke

During his life, Moberg stressed the necessity of "stubbornly adhering to the most elementary truths and legal concepts and repeating again and again the obvious things." This day is a special reminder that that campaign for the most basic truths must continue, the torch must be passed on, the message must be passed on to the next generation.

One way to pass on the message is through something as seemingly insignificant as giving away one of Moberg's books to a young person in your neighbourhood. "Ride tonight!" or "Traitor's Land", for example.

The fire must not be allowed to go out, and if it does, a new spark must be added. For some, Vilhelm Moberg's writings may be that spark, and for those whose fire is already burning, his words are veritable gasoline for the flames.

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