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Jan Myrdal
(Swedish Author)


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Jan Myrdal is a Swedish author, leftist-political writer and columnist. He is an honorary doctor of literature at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, and a Ph.D. at Nankai University in Tianjin in China. He has lived at various times in the United States, Afghanistan, Iran and India. He is the son of the Social Democrats and Nobel Laureates Alva Myrdal and Gunnar Myrdal; he broke completely with both at an early age. He was married to Gun Kessle, a photographer, graphic artist and writer, until her death in 2007. She illustrated many of his works.

Myrdal is most infamously remembered for his visit to Democratic Kampuchea during the Khmer Rouge regime, which allegedly included personal confrontations between him and Pol Pot himself. Returning home from Kampuchea in 1978, Myrdal allegedly credited Pol Pot for managing to build a democratic, classless society. Upon the international attention of the genocide in Cambodia, Myrdal partially revoked his opinions.

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