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Sven Lindqvist changes the world one reader at a time

By Julian Baggini  

(photo: Granta Books)

The stock image of the engaged artist is someone who speaks truth to power, rouses the masses and becomes a public participant in political discourse. But with the exception of serious reportage by a handful of authors, in free societies such attempts at direct engagement stir only the world of books and letters. It takes a celebrity to change public consciousness.

However, when I met the Swedish writer Sven…

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