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Lichtman on Wedding Worries

Johannes Lichtman (Such Good Work, Simon & Schuster) reviews Wedding Worries. Excerpts from Tin House Winter Reading 2018 Issue 78. Read full review here  […] Wedding Worries is a polyphonic novel that takes place over twenty-four hours surrounding a country wedding. At the … Continue reading

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The case of [Khashoggi]

The following excerpt is from a speech by Stig Dagerman given at a rally in 1947 to protest the murder of Bulgarian opposition leader Nicola Petkov. In the translation below, Petkov’s name has been replaced by that of Jamal Khashoggi. … Continue reading

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Amos Oz: Recipient of Stig Dagerman Award 2018 – Acceptance Remarks

Dear Members of the Jury of the Stig Dagerman Prize. Dear representatives of the Älvkarleby Municipality, my dear publishers and editors, Dear Friends, Dear Guests: How I wish I could be with you today and visit Stig Dagerman’s Älvkarleby. Thank all … Continue reading

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Our Need for Consolation Is Insatiable … (film text excerpts)

Original title in Swedish: Vårt behov av tröst är omättligt … (1952). The following excerpts are narrated by Stellan Skarsgård in the short film Our Need for Consolation (2012) by Dan Levy Dagerman. Text selection and screen adaptation by Lo Dagerman, … Continue reading

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“Wedding Worries and Other Upsets”

In this essay from 1950, Stig reflects on the writing of his novel Wedding Worries and his creative process at large. Late one evening in 1931, I went into a stable loft on the farm in Älvkarleby in search of a … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Politics of the Impossible – The Case of World Citizens for Peace

La Politica dell’Impossibile, a well-received recent Italian collection of Stig Dagerman’s political articles (Iperborea, 2016). The following article from the collection is on The World Citizen movement for peace spearheaded by American Garry Davis. “Politics has been called the art of the … Continue reading

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Do We Have Faith in Humankind?

— Stig Dagerman, 1950. His response to a magazine question posed to six authors. To speak of humanity is to speak of oneself. In his relentless indictment of humanity at large, the individual himself is a part. Only death can separate … Continue reading

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Per Wästberg, Swedish Academy Chair, on Stig

There are perhaps only three contemporary Swedish authors of the highest caliber who have reached the wider world: the poets Gunnar Ekelöf and Tomas Tranströmer, and Stig Dagerman, who in spite of his death at 31 lives on in new … Continue reading

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For One Day A Year, Let’s Make Believe….

In February 1953, Stig pens one of his daily occasional poems (Sw. dagsedlar) for publication in The Worker. He titles it One Day A Year. Very similar in tone to John Lennon’s Imagine. Stig’s poem is well-known in Sweden, inspiring, among other things, the … Continue reading

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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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