Bengt Jangfeldt has been specializing in Russian
literature for over 25 years. His doctoral thesis (1976) treated the relationship
between the Soviet State and the literary avant-garde during the years
of the revolution, 1917-1921. This work was later supplemented by a series
of archival editions.
Prof. Jangfeldt has collected and published the
correspondence between Vladimir Mayakovsky and Lili Brik (in Russian in
1982 and 1991, in English in 1986: Love is the Heart of Everything)
as well as the legacy of linguist, Roman Jakobson (Russian edition 1992,
English edition 1997: My Futurist Years).
During the last ten years he has been focusing
on the historical ties between Sweden and the St. Petersburg region. This
work has resulted in several books, including Svenska vägar till
S:t Petersburg which in 1998 was awarded the August Prize (the Swedish
equivalent of the Booker prize).
His last books include an authorised biography
of the Swedish author and doctor Axel Munthe (En osalig ande, 2003,
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