Steve Sem-Sandberg (born 16 August 1958) is a Swedish journalist, novelist, non-fiction writer and translator.
He made his literary debut in 1976 with the two science fiction novels Sländornas värld and Sökare i dödsskuggan.
He was awarded the Dobloug Prize for fiction in 2005.His 2009 novel The Emperor of Lies was awarded the August Prize.
It recounts the life of the Lódz ghetto and its leader Chaim Rumkowski in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.Daphne Merkin in the New York Times said that he had succeeded in writing "a freshly felt, fully absorbing novel about the Holocaust," an even more difficult task as he was writing about a known historical figure in Rumkowski.
By combining both intimate views and overall history, he conveys an effect "both super-realist and surrealist, in the manner of an animated documentary."