Kjell Johansson was born in Ystad in March 1939. He has studied at Lund University as well as Stockholm University where he holds a Bachelor of Arts with Russian as a major (1977). In 1963 he participated in the Swedish Television’s newly started editor training. Whereas he later worked as a producer between 1968-1982. From 1982 to 1994 Johansson worked as a curator of the Film Museum in Kristianstad. In 1994 he served as a translator and publisher. He currently runs the book publishing company Murbräckan in Borrby, which specializes in publishing older previously untranslated Russian fiction. The company is still in business. In 2003, Johansson was awarded the Swedish Academy’s translator prize. His latest edition was published in 2011.