Wera Sæther was born in Gothenburg and grew up in the region around Oslo. She is a trained psychologist and also works as a photographer and writer. Her social commitment ranges from work with the mentally handicapped to activities within the peace movement, and she has written factual works on topics such as prostitution and peace policy.
Wera Sæther made her debut in 1973 with the poetry collection Barnet og brødet. In this and later collections of poetry and text, such as Barnet, døden og dansen. Der Gud går galskapens veier, 1978, she depicts malice, pain, and suffering. Her writing is permeated with a stubborn determination to fight for the weak and for a better planet. She has also written children's books and published books of her own photography.
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The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Wera Sæther has published a number of collections of essays and tales from India, as well as the novels Brent barn, 2000, and En annens navn i munnen, 2009.