The People of Hemsö

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The People of Hemsö (Swedish: Hemsöborna) is an 1887 novel by August Strindberg about the life of people of the island Hemsö in the Stockholm archipelago. Hemsö is a fictional island, but it is based on Kymmendö where Strindberg had spent time in his youth. Strindberg wrote the book to combat his homesickness while living abroad in Germany and France.

In 1955 a movie based on the novel was shown; it marked the first film appearance of the actress Daliah Lavi.

In 1966 a TV series based on the novel was produced.


  • Meyer, Michael. 1985. Strindberg: A Biography. Oxford Lives series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-19-281995-X.