Torgny Lindgren





Torgny Lindgren

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in Raggsjö, Sweden
June 16, 1938

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Gustav Torgny Lindgren is a Swedish writer.
Lindgren is 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. He was for several years 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 Way of a Serpent (Swedish: Ormens väg på hälleberget). Lindgren has been translated into more than thirty languages and is one of Sweden's most internationally successful contemporary writers. He became a member of the Swedish Academy in 1991.


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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 235 ratings — published 2002 — 13 editions
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The Way of a Serpent
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 194 ratings — published 1982 — 18 editions
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Sweetness
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 199 ratings — published 1995 — 19 editions
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Dorés bibel
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 125 ratings — published 2005 — 8 editions
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Norrlands Akvavit
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 2007 — 8 editions
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Light
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1987 — 14 editions
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Minnen
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 100 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Bathsheba
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1984 — 13 editions
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Merab's Beauty And Other St...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1983 — 6 editions
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Klingsor
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 2014
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“I lack the disposition for realism. . . . as soon as I have managed to put together a suitable number of realistic people and placed them in reasonably realistic surroundings where they can live realistic lives, they start to fiddle about, they behave as if they had never before been in contact with real life, but had only lived in a fantasy world. They commit frightful crimes, they die and are resurrected, they ascend to heaven and allow themselves to be misled into all the foolishness the language happens to lead them to, till at last, with oaths and curses, they escape from the planned novel.”
Torgny Lindgren

“Of course it's almost ludicrously difficult to talk about art. And about beauty. Beauty is a perversion--how can you retain your self-respect when you talk about it?”
Torgny Lindgren, In Praise of Truth: The Personal Account of Theodore Marklund, Picture-Framer

“Justice is like an invisible creature that flees before us. As long as we keep chasing it, we have it. It's the constant seeking for law and justice that constitutes law and justice. . . . All confusion and disorder and disintegration is just semblance and illusion. Law and order endure in secret. Truth and justice are not a conjuring trick.”
Torgny Lindgren, Light

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