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Stig Dagerman (1923–1954)

Author of A Burnt Child

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Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) was the literary wunderkind of his generation in Sweden. Surpassed in Swedish literature perhaps only by August Strindberg in terms of his work's compressed intensity, Dagerman's remarkable literary output came to an abrupt end when he committed suicide at the age of show more thirty-one. Gri Somnen(Sleep Walking) By Karin Mamma Anderson, 1986. The Artist is Represented by Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm and the David Zwirner Gallery, New York Photo by Buknowskis Auctions Author Photograph Courtesy of Norstedts Agency. show less
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Works by Stig Dagerman

A Burnt Child (1948) 277 copies
German Autumn (1947) 228 copies
The Snake (1945) 144 copies
The Games of Night (1947) 124 copies
Island of the Doomed (1946) 123 copies
Bröllopsbesvär (1949) 109 copies
Dagsedlar (1983) 65 copies
Sleet: Selected Stories (1947) 51 copies
Essäer och andra texter (1990) 15 copies
Snöblandat regn (2015) 8 copies
Tuer un enfant (2007) 8 copies
Nattens lekar (2014) 7 copies
El hombre desconocido (2014) 6 copies
A Sombra de Mart (1999) 5 copies
Les Wagons rouges (1987) 4 copies
Teater 1 (1982) 4 copies
Alman Sonbahari (2015) 3 copies
Le Froid de la Saint-Jean (1988) 3 copies
Il serpente (2021) 3 copies
Brev (2002) 3 copies
O Vestido Vermelho (2017) 3 copies
Ho remato per un Lord (2021) — Author — 2 copies
Poparzone dziecko (2020) 2 copies
Brl̲lopsbesvr̃ (2023) 2 copies
Notre plage nocturne (1988) 2 copies
Waar is mijn Noorse Trui? (1965) 2 copies
Teater 2 (1982) 2 copies
Printemps français (1996) 1 copy
Judasdramer 1 copy
L'uomo di Milesia (2011) 1 copy
Nous, je (1984) 1 copy
Nemecká jeseň (2020) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Dagerman, Stig Halvard
Other names
Dagerman, Stig
Date of death
1954-11-04 [1954]
Burial location
Älvkarleby kyrkogård, Älvkarleby, Sweden
Älvkarleby, Sweden
Place of death
Stockholm, Sweden
Places of residence
Älvkarleby (Uppsala), Zweden
Danderyd, Zweden
short-story writer
Short biography
Stig Dagerman was one of the most popular Swedish writers of the 1940s, enjoying phenomenal success with novels, short stories, a book about postwar Germany, plays, poems, satirical verses, essays, and journalism.
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Si mundet, për shembull, të sillesh sikur, nga njëra anë, kurrgjë në botë s'e ka dot atë peshë që bart letërsia, teksa, nga ana tjetër, është e pamundur të mos shohësh përreth njerëz që luftojnë me urinë e janë të detyruar të mendojnë se më me rëndësi për ta është ç'do marrin në fund të muajit?
BibliotekaFeniks | Jan 24, 2023 |
"Island of the Doomed" was more than I expected. Although most reviews were positive, some were mixed. Some reviews suggest that fear is the basic theme. I certainly agree that fear is a pervasive presence in the novel. I was reminded of the director David Lynch in Dagerman's ability to create a mood. But the mood is more than fear.

Dagerman's characters face numerous existential crisis: hopelessness, guilt, paranoia, meaninglessness and yes, fear. The characters share their inner struggles in powerful and convincing ways. Are these struggles personal or universal? Likely both.

Some of the novel's appeal for me is undoubtedly personal. I can connect with the emotional content. I accept that many readers may find the work tedious and be put off by the unyielding bleakness of its message. Yet, for me at least, the feelings are far too real.
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colligan | 1 other review | Jan 15, 2023 |
Rather philosophical which I really enjoyed. Another story of a romantic affair between a young and older person... I don't know what it is with me lately and being drawn to stories of inappropriate lovers. I seem to have read a lot of books featuring this kind of thing....
There is a lot of pent up anger and confusion in this book - transmitted through the protagonist Bengt. Bengt is selfish and his attitude towards others (his fiancé and father) is warped. He is a young man who's mother has recently died, and his grief is mixed up and overpowered by hatred towards his father, who has a mistress. Bengt is intent on ruining his father's relationship because he feels it so unashamedly disrespects the memory of his mother. An affair between Bengt and the mistress, who is named Gun, soon transpires. His preoccupation with defending his mother's honour is soon understood to have been mingled with an intense jealousy of his father. I knew this affair was coming, it is in the blurb. But it seemed to take forever to get there! The first half of the book was bleak and intense (which I enjoyed), but it just dragged on a bit and repeated details too much. Particularly the adjective 'beautiful' - it is every second word!
As soon as Bengt and Gun declare their love the book picks up pace and more actual events occur. It got more interesting. It seemed to become another book - an intentional shift? I'm not sure. I just think it's a case of being a very slow-burner. The bleakness remains, and it is overall a very depressing book. But I do like those kinds of ones.
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1 vote
Roisin800. | 6 other reviews | Sep 1, 2021 |
Swedish writer writes honestly about conditions in Germany during autumn of 1945. Conditions were bad.
KENNERLYDAN | 5 other reviews | Jul 11, 2021 |



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