The novel Popular Music From Vittula (2000) was a fantastic breakthrough for the author, selling over one million copies. It won the Swedish Best-Book-of-the-Year-Prize and has been translated into over 30 languages. Mikael Niemi was born in 1959 and grew up in Pajala in the northernmost part of Sweden, near the Finnish border, where he still lives.
The August Prize 2000
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