Torgny Lindgren is one of Sweden's most esteemed writers. Since 1991 he holds chair number 9 of the Swedish Academy. He was born in 1938 in the northern part of Sweden and many of his books take place in his childhood home of Västerbotten.
Lindgren has won many of the major Swedish literary prizes. In 1995 he received the August Prize for his book Sweetness and in 2000 he received the Selma Lagerlöf Prize.
His big break was with the book The Way of a Serpent, which also was made into a film in 1986 with Stellan Skarsgård in one of the leading parts. The title is a quotation from the Bible and goes in line with Lindgren's interest in depicting the role of religion in people's lives.
In his works, Torgny Lindgren explores a broad spectrum of humanity's major issues, such as the longing for order, abuse of power and society´s fragility.
When Torgny Lindgren wrote The Way of a Serpent, he first did not dare taking it to his publisher. For the first time ever, he had written in his childhood accent and he didn't think anyone would like to read his story about evil and the abuse of power in 19th century Sweden.