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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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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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