About Maria

Meet Maria

I was always reading. Found a place to hide, in a wardrobe, under a flight of stairs. I stayed behind poring over my friend’s books or comics long after their playing had moved on elsewhere. Still I never nurtured any dreams of becoming an author. Maybe I was never thinking further than the next page. …

Facts and figures

I was born and raised in Uppsala. Bachelor’s Degree in English and Mathematics, University of Uppsala. Journalism school at University of Gothenburg. Master of Arts in Political Science, focus on international relations, University of Kansas. Foreign correspondent in Germany. Caipirinha with Death published in Sweden 2005. Followed by Buster’s Ears …

Films

The documentary Résidence(s) by Isabelle Chéreau is a film about writing, an author’s inspiration, about me and my visit in France and about my books, especially The Scarred Pianist. The film is available to buy or rent with subtitles in English, Swedish and French. A film accompanying the release of The Scarred Pianist in …

Interview

Interview with Gaïa Éditions, Paris. How did you first start writing? What are your memories of your first attempts at it? I devoured books as a child and adolescent but never really had any dreams of being a writer. Instead I studied journalism and worked as a foreign correspondent. But …