Axel Lindén (1972) holds a PhD in literary sciences, and now lives with his family on a farm in southern Sweden. He debuted with a book on sheep farming and life, which became a major hit and has been translated into eight languages. He received the Aftonbladets Literature Prize for his essayist, philosophical and reflective writing last year.
Axel Lindén inherited a forest and eventually accepted the need to take care of it – but now, he does it with natural regeneration in mind, leaving the forest to take care of itself and making only emergency interventions. Among the trees, his thoughts return to his family and to the Afghan teenagers in their care. The book is full of somewhat bitter wit but also warmth, with which he writes about nature, human influence on it and what it means to us today to have a home.
Axel Lindén, author, Sweden, talks about the Europe Readr project