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Sven Lindqvist is a major Swedish writer. Since 1955 he has published 30 books of essays, aphorisms, autobiography, documentary prose, travel and reportage. Many of them have been the centre of Swedish literary and political controversy during these decades. Internationally he is best known for his books on China, Latin America and Africa.
Sven Lindqvist was born in Stockholm in 1932. He has a PhD  in History of Literature from Stockholm University, an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University and an honorary professorship from the Swedish government. He has two children, Aron and Clara. Since 1986 he is married to Agneta Stark, a leading feminist economist.