Mikael Niemi was born in 1959, grew up in Pajala, Sweden and still lives there. His first novel for adults, Popular Music, was awarded the August Prize and was made into a film in 2004. It has sold over a million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty languages. Among his published books are two collections of poetry - Näsblod under högmässan (Nosebleed during Morning Service) (1998) and Änglar med mausergevär (Angels with Mausers) (1989) - and a young adult novel, Kyrkdjävulen (The Church Devil) (1994).
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