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Torgny Lindgren (1938–2017) was born in Raggsjö in northern Sweden. He made his debut as a poet in 1965 but his major breakthrough came with the novel The Way of the Serpent in 1982 which was filmed by Bo Widerberg in 1986. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Linköping University in 1990 and in 1991 he was elected a member of the Swedish Academy.

Torgny Lindgren was a leading name in Swedish literature for several decades and has been translated into more than 30 languages, making him one of the most successful Swedish writers internationally.