Torkel S Wächter was born in Stockholm in 1961. He studied Economic History, Development Theory and languages at the universities of Lund, Melbourne and Barcelona, as well as Jewish Studies at Paideia, The European Institute for Jewish Studies, and Architectural Restoration at The Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
Wächter is also a trained pilot; he received his pilot’s wings at Ljungbyhed Air Force Base in 1985 and was employed as a commercial pilot by Scandinavian Airlines from 1986 to 1999. Wächter’s first novel, Samson, Natur & Kultur 1997, builds on his experiences as an airline pilot. Wächter’s second novel, Ciona – an Autobiology, Alfabeta 2002, tells the story of a female scientist and delves into subject matters such as reproduction and female sexuality. The novel was published under the pseudonym Tamara T. It was widely considered to be a book written by a woman, and created a sensation as the first book ever written under an unknown pseudonym to be short-listed for the August Prize for fiction (the Swedish Booker Prize).
In recent years Wächter has been working with authentic material from the Third Reich – official documents as well as private letters and diaries. The first part of the literature and art project Simulated Real Time was called 32 Postkarten, it was realised online between March 2010 and December 2011. The Investigation is the second part of this project, it was realised online between January 2013 and July 2013.
The book 32 Postkarten – Post aus Nazi-Deutschland was published in Germany in March 2014 by Acabus-Verlag.
The second book in this series, Die Ermittlung – Die wahre Geschichte einer deutsch-jüdischen Familie aus Hamburg, is published in Germany in May 2015, also by Acabus-Verlag.