|Born||Gustav Torgny Lindgren|
16 June 1938
Raggsjö, Norsjö, Västerbotten, Sweden
|Died||16 March 2017 (aged 78)|
Life[change | change source]
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.
Career[change | change source]
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 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.
Awards and honors[change | change source]
- 1986 – Prix Femina étranger (for Bathsheba)
- 1995 – The August Prize (for Sweetness)
- 2000 – The Selma Lagerlöf Prize
- 2001 – Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- 2002 – Litteris et Artibus
- 2004 – De Nios Stora Pris