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country of citizenship: Sweden
language of expression: Swedish
award received: Selma Lagerlöf Prize, Dobloug Prize, Litteris et Artibus, Prix Femina étranger, Aniara Award, Samfundet De Nio's Grand Prize, Östersunds-Postens litterature price, Piraten award, August Prize, Honorary doctorate of Umeå University, Hedevind Plaquette
position held: seat 9 of the Swedish Academy
Gustav Torgny Lindgren (16 June 1938 – 16 March 2017) was a Swedish writer.Lindgren was the son of Andreas Lindgren and Helga Björk. He studied in Umeå to become a teacher and worked as a teacher until the middle of the 1970s. For several years he was active as a local politician for the Swedish Social Democratic Party. In the 1980s he converted to the Catholic faith.
Lindgren began as a poet in 1965 but had to wait until 1982 for his breakthrough, with the novel The Way of a Serpent (Swedish: Ormens väg på hälleberget). Lindgren's work was translated into more than thirty languages and was one of Sweden's most internationally successful contemporary writers. He became a member of the Swedish Academy in 1991.
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