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Swedish Writer Goran Tunstrom Dies

February 20, 2000

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Popular Swedish writer Goran Tunstrom died at his home in Stockholm on Feb. 5. He was 62.

The award-winning author of several poetry collections, novels, dramas and travel stories died from sudden heart failure during a dinner with several friends, according to Swedish media reports.

Tunstrom published his first poetry collection in 1958, but his work did not gain wide public acclaim until 1983 with the appearance of his epic novel ``Christmas Oratorio,″ which was later made into a film. The story spans three generations, starting in the 1930s in his home county Sunne in northern Sweden and ending in New Zealand.

``There is no writing without pain,″ said Tunstrom, who in recent years was plagued by a heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and three car accidents.

Death was Tunstrom’s constant companion. He was convinced he wouldn’t live past his 54th birthday, which was his father’s age when he died. The year of his father’s death Tunstrom wrote his first work, a 35-page thriller. He was 12 years old.

Recurring themes in his works are lost childhood, father-and-son relationships and a search for identity.

Tunstrom spent his summers in Sweden but usually lived in New York in the winter. He is survived by his wife, Lena Cronqvist, and son, Linus.

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