Steve Sem-Sandberg (b. 1958) divides his time between Vienna and Stockholm. He has won a number of literary awards (such as the August Prize in 2009, the Aftonbladet Literary Award and the De Nios Grand Award) and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Nordic Council Literary Award on two occasions. His trilogy on three women (Milena Jesenská, Ulrike Meinhof and Lou Andreas Salomé) in the 20th century won great acclaim in Scandinavia. Härifrån till allmänningen (From Here to the Great Commons), published in 2005 and set during the interesting period between 1965 and 1975, has received outstanding reviews. He is often regarded as one of the most interesting authors to arise from Scandinavia during this past decade.
His critically acclaimed and powerful novel, De fattiga i Lodz (The Emperor of Lies) was published in September 2009 and has been sold to over twenty countries in major deals and has been awarded The August Prize in 2009.
In 2018 he was awarded a scholarship from the foundation Natur & Kultur, for great literary contributions. 2019 W. was nominated for The August Prize in Sweden.
In 2020 Steve Sem-Sandberg was elected into the Swedish Academy, taking seat number 14.