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David Ritschard

The 2020 Robespierre Prize goes to David Ritschard with the following justification:

“With lyrics ranging from naked depictions of deepest heartache to sparkling political reflections, David Ritschard successfully manages the storytelling tradition of country music and American folk music and places it in the middle of Swedish class society. With warmth and empathy, this Sweden’s own George Jones succeeds in capturing the life of the common man, with all of its small and big worries, in a genuine and resplendent way that leaves no room for doubt that his broken heart beats rhythmically to the left.”