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Jarl Hemmer
Known for8 Nobel nominations

Jarl Robert Hemmer (18 September 1893 – 6 December 1944) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature eight times.[1]


Hemmer was born into a wealthy family, from Vaasa, Finland. His first collection of poems was called Rösterna (The Voices) and it was published in 1914. He made his breakthrough in 1922 with another collection of epic poetry called Rågens rike (Realm of the Rye). He got The Great Nordic Novel Prize (Stora Nordiska Romanpriset) for En man och hans samvete (A Fool of Faith), a book about the Finnish Civil War, published in 1931. Hemmer was among the contributors of Garm which was a Swedish language satirical and political magazine based in Helsinki.[2]

Following the murder of Kaj Munk on 4 January 1944 the Danish resistance newspaper De frie Danske brought condemning reactions from influential Scandinavians, including Hemmer.[3]

Inwardly troubled, he experienced several religious crises and alcoholism and finally committed suicide.[citation needed]

Works in English


  1. ^ "Nomination Database". Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  2. ^ Ant O’Neill (2017). "Moominvalley Fossils: Translating the Early Comics of Tove Jansson". Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature. 55 (2): 52. doi:10.1353/bkb.2017.0023. ISSN 0006-7377.
  3. ^ "Kaj Munk in Memoriam". De frie Danske (in Danish). January 1944. p. 6. Retrieved 18 November 2014. Ildsjælen Kaj Munk skaanede ikke sig selv. Just derfor haabede alle, at han i det mindre skulde skaanes for andres Vold, men kanske er det kun konsekvent, at de onde Magter, han bekæmpede, allerede nu har ladet ham falde. Der bliver mange, som følger efter i det tilstundende Verdensanarki. Han gaar, som en af Fanebærerne ind i det usynilge Rige, som skal bestaa efter alle vore Mord her paa Jorden, thi faa vidste som han, at kun Ofret kroner Gerningen