Göran Sonnevi was born in Lund, Sweden in 1939 and lives outside Stockholm. He has published fifteen books of poems and one of translations. For his most recent work, Oceanen (The ocean), he received the Swedish Academy’s Nordic Prize, dubbed “the little Nobel,” in 2005 and the Literature Prize of the Nordic Council in 2006. Books available in English include A Child Is Not a Knife (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Mozart’s Third Brain (Yale University Press, fall 2009), both translated by Rika Lesser.

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