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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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Writer’s Role: To Build Bridges And Break Glass

“As a bridge builder, I am fascinated by the solutions to three main problems:            First, there is the problem of connection. I hope to be able to break my own isolation by having one support … Continue reading

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To Dialogue with Dagerman

“There is nothing like it in Swedish literature. Its closest relative is Kafka or Camus.” Pontus Stenshall, Director, on Dagerman’s novel The Island of the Doomed Moment Theater, located in the outskirts of Stockholm, recently had the world premiere of … Continue reading

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Anita on Stig

I got to know Stig in 1947 when his first drama The Condemned was being staged at the Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. He actively participated in rehearsals and spent a lot of time at the theater and we, who rehearsed … Continue reading

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Stig’s Christmas Message

Don’t believe in stars. Stars are distant things, that don’t dispel the darkness over any Bethlehem. They were not lit for us. They burn for themselves. For people, eyes shine bright. Let us follow them. Don’t believe in kings. They … Continue reading

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“Somehow the door to my life is locked …

… and I don’t understand how to open it again.” October 20, 1954 We all have our masters. I am such a slave to my talent that I dare not use it for fear of discovering that it has been … Continue reading

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Should we care when guilty people suffer?

“…we have to protect the value of ….respect for the individual even when the individual has forfeited our sympathy and compassion … to protect the capacity to feel in the face of suffering whether that suffering may be deserved or … Continue reading

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