“The key word in Dagerman’s writings is freedom.”

Dagerman broke onto the literary scene when he was twenty-two. He enjoyed phenomenal success publishing novels, short stories, a travel book about post-war Germany, plays, poems, and a large amount of journalism at a rapid rate. Then, suddenly he fell silent. In 1954, Sweden was stunned to learn that Stig Dagerman, the epitome of his generation of writers, had been found dead in his car: he had closed the doors of his garage and started the engine. Read more

I seek out consolation as hunter tracking prey.

Latest News

November 2015

European Refugee Crisis and Political Polarization. "Maybe most relevant of all" this fall: Stig Dagerman's poem Flight Sought Us Out - read, sung and referenced all over Sweden. Several Swedish versions on youtube of Flykten valde oss Folksinger Turid on Swedish TV

August 2015

Inauguration speech by Swedish Academy Chair Per Wästberg of Manuskript - sculpture to celebrate Stig's writing

June 2015

NYRB July 9: Colm Tóibín on four recent American editions of Stig Dagerman's writing: The Hard-Won Truth of the North
June 23, New York: Staged reading of Stig's play MARTY'S SHADOW by the August Strindberg Rep Theater. First time for this play in the US - a NYRB event listing
New York lit mag LITTLE STAR Weekly publishes excerpt of Marty's Shadow
Swedish writer/director Suzanne Osten receives the 20th STIG DAGERMAN AWARD for her groundbreaking work with children's theater - elevating its status both in Sweden and abroad. May 31, Älvkarleby, Sweden - Stig's birthplace. www.dagerman.se

March 2015

Now on-line: OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION IS INSATIABLE in Steven Hartman's literary translation. Read it here!
Dan Levy Dagerman’s short film OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION (2012), featuring Stellan Skarsgård, screened at the Northern California Psychiatric Society’s 55 Annual Meetings in Monterey, CA. As psychiatrists, we are aware of the difficulties and pain that depression causes its sufferers, but the words of Stig Dagerman evoked a depth of feeling more profound than most of us can convey. Stellan Skarsgård's reading further heightened the dramatic tension and impact. People found it very moving. - NCPS President Zena Potash. See the film here!