När barnet lagt sig
Hardcover in Swedish, 205 pages
Published by Norstedts on September 9, 2009
In this memoir, Michael details his
life from the time of his adoption as a baby to tracking
down his biological parents at age 30, discovering to
his surprise that his mother was Swedish and his father
Upon learning he was adopted:
Someone or something had
painted my whole world.
Everything was still in place.
But in a new, unknown
Michael went from not being allowed to talk about being
adopted when growing up, to wanting to find his
biological parents when he had his own children. In
between, he played ice hockey in winter, football in
summer, and at 17 was an exchange student in Omaha,
Nebraska, in the USA.
Next came a fleeting attempt to study ballet, but he
soon found out it was not his calling and dropped out.
At age 19 he was accepted to the Swedish Academic School
of Drama, and after working in theatre for many years,
became a huge success in Swedish cinema in 2000.
"Moving and skilled. Michael Nyqvist
writes as he acts." ...Lars Linder, Dagens
"He tells about a stripped and naked
man named Michael, about grief and lack, but also about
joy. " ...Ann Heberlein, Sydsvenska
"A restless and intense depiction of
the pursuit of belonging." ...Sindre Hovdenakk,
Vancouver Observer review:
The book is a charming compilation of
memories from his childhood and his experiences in
theatre school at a young age. He recounts being
mesmerized by the magic of theatre after performing a
dramatic scene from Crime and Punishment, and
getting some positive feedback from highly acclaimed
Nyqvist was only a few years old when his parents told
him he was adopted, and that his father was from Italy.
Throughout the book, the reader gets to follow his
tireless quest to find his biological parents. Nyqvist
sends a touching letter to his mother beginning with: "I
want to thank you for me being here...". When he finally
meets his mother, she refuses to reveal any details
about his father and they are not able to connect with
each other on a deeper level.
Through meticulous and fearless research, he finally
succeeds in finding his father in Florence, Italy, and
to his surprise and joy, he is welcomed with open arms
into his Latin family.
There is an under layer of sadness throughout the book,
and even though he succeeds in finding his roots, the
emotional turmoil of finding out he was dropped off at
an orphanage as a newborn has left deep emotional scars.
Nyqvist pours his heart into his
writing, much like he does with his acting, and the
result is a beautifully written book that showcases his
gentle, reflective personality. His writing also
highlights his determination and willingness to go to
great lengths to perform his craft, to find out where he
came from and where his place is in the world.
Just After Dreaming
Paperback - English version of När barnet lagt sig
Published by Murdoch Books (Australia) in September 2010
När barnet har lagt sig
Paperback - Danish version of När barnet lagt sig
by Nyt Nordisk Forlag on October 21, 2010
Dansa för oss
(Dance for us)
hardcover, 233 pages
Published by Forum in March 2013
On April 6, 2013, Michael visited the
Academic Bookstore at Mäster Samuelsgatan in Stockholm.
He discussed his book with publisher Adam Dahlin leading
the conversation and answered questions. After the
presentation, he signed books for the guests.
In this book he discusses his life
beginning with his childhood in the 60's, continuing
through his teens and his time as a theater student up
to the celebrated actor he is today. He offers happy and
moving moments in his life as well as thoughts about the
choices he made.
"'Dance for us' is a well written book." ...
Swedish daily newspaper
"Write us more Nyqvist! 'Dance for us' should have been twice as thick."
"Nyqvist is a very good storyteller ... 'Dance for us'
contains many stories that the reader will remember
for a long time." ...Femina
"Some stories are sad, another almost absurd ... But
everything is worth reading." ...Norran
"He is entertaining to read." ...Dagbladet Sundsvall
"We follow Nyqvist of lightning illuminated life sequences from childhood to
the present, with emphasis on the first tentative steps
toward an artist. It is personal without being
sentimental, well-written without being adapted."
You can view photos related to Books & Dreams events
from 2012-2013 at this
Gefallen aus allen Wolken (Fallen out of the Clouds)
German edition, 203 pages
Published by Plöttner
Verlag on March 13, 2014
On April 24, 2014 Michael attended a book event in Leipzig.
You can view the photos at this
AUDIOBOOKS BY MICHAEL NYQVIST
2004: I morgon du by Lars Weiss
2009: När barnet lagt sig - autobiography
2010: Den vita lejoninnan by Henning Mankell
2013: Dansa för oss - autobiography