Torgny Lindgren

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Torgny Lindgren
Lindgren in 2007
Lindgren in 2007
BornGustav Torgny Lindgren
(1938-06-16)16 June 1938
Raggsjö, Norsjö, Västerbotten, Sweden
Died16 March 2017(2017-03-16) (aged 78)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationPoet, novelist
Notable works
  • Aina
  • Ylva
  • Torgils

Gustav Torgny Lindgren (16 June 1938 – 16 March 2017) was a Swedish writer.[1]

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.

Lindgren died in Stockholm on 16 March 2017 from stomach cancer, aged 78.[2]

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]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Chair no. 9 - Torgny Lindgren". Swedish Academy. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  2. "Torgny Lindgren har avlidit". Dagens Nyheter. 16 March 2017. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.