Author Archives: lo.dagerman

On Seeking And Offering Refuge

  Flykten valde oss Fågeln väljer flykten. Vi valde den icke. Flykten valde oss. Därför är vi här. Ni som ej blev valda – men ändå frihet äger, hjälp oss att bära den tunga flykt vi bär! Bojan väljer foten. Vi … Continue reading

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CRITIC’S BEST BOOK PICK 2014: Dagerman’s Short Fiction

Swedish book critic Stina Otterberg picks NATTENS LEKAR  Collected short fiction by Stig Dagerman, preface by Colm Toíbín (Norstedts, 2014). DN.se 12/13/14 DAGERMAN’S RESISTANCE OFFERS CONSOLATION Review (excerpt translated by Lo Dagerman), DN.se 12/6/14 In these days of Nazi-flavored racism … Continue reading

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To Stig’s Memory Nov 4, 2014

by Lo Dagerman – preface to Chilean Mar y Tierra’s anniversary publication. Everything significant that I experience, all that fills my life with a sense of wonder—meeting with a lover, a caress on my skin, help in distress, eyes reflecting … Continue reading

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Self Deception In A BURNT CHILD

A question from a reader: “I just read A Burnt Child, and I have been thinking quite a lot about it. I can see that it is partly about self-deception but I can’t describe how properly. Could you possibly help me, … Continue reading

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Stig Into Turkish

by Halil Gôkhan, Writer and Editor of KAFEKÜLTÜR in Istanbul If I remember correctly, the first time I heard Stig Dagerman`s name was  in 2005 when I learnt that  the Turkish writer and journalist Yasar Kemal had received an award from the Swedish … Continue reading

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Meeting Stig

By Michael Meyer, from his introduction to The Games of Night, 1959.  I first saw Stig Dagerman in 1948, when he came to speak in a debate at Uppsala University. He was then 25 years old and already had three … Continue reading

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Reading A BURNT CHILD

PURITY IS A HARD TASK MASTER by Brita Green, Ph.D. I don’t remember exactly what year it was when we, a group of young Swedes, all read Stig Dagerman and in particular his novel A Burnt Child, but it would … Continue reading

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In the Forest of Paradoxes

Extract from J.M.G. Le Clezio’s Nobel Lecture December 7, 2008 Shortly before I received the—to me, astonishing—news that the Swedish Academy was awarding me this distinction, I was re-reading a little book by Stig Dagerman that I am particularly fond … Continue reading

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Island of the Doomed Reviewed

Frederic Lindsay, The Scotsman, April 18, 1992 “ANGUISH PLAYED OUT IN A SURREAL LANDSCAPE Born in 1923, by the time he was 26, the Swedish writer Stig Dagerman had published four novels, a short story collection, a brilliant book-length report … Continue reading

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Reading ISLAND OF THE DOOMED

Dagerman’s second novel was written right before his journey to Germany in the fall of ’46.  Its structure is bursting at the seams with over-heated, hallucinatory imagery, the unfettered flow of which is unique in his production.  (Dagerman’s reporting from … Continue reading

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