“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. Read more

I seek out consolation as hunter tracking prey.






May 2019

May 10, Washington DC: Screening of MARTY'S SHADOW by Whitney Aronson and Dan Levy Dagerman based on the 2017 New York stage production by the August Strindberg Repertory Theater directed by Aronson. Starring Jimi Stanton as the bullied Gabriel, Jackie Maruschak as his overbearing mother, Ivette Dumeng as the love object, and James McKinney as the manly competition and Marty look-alike. Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick, authors of The Writer and Refugee will lead the discussion of MARTY'S SHADOW at this Alliance francais event.

May 4, Madison, Wisconsin: WEDDING WORRIES IN THE LIGHT OF AUGUST - Bengt Söderhäll from the Dagerman Seminar at the University of Gävle, and Lo Dagerman talk about William Faulkner's influence on the writing of Stig Dagerman as part of the Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies.

April 2019

WEDDING WORRIES long-listed for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award.

Notre besoin de consolation est impossible a rassassier/OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION IS INSATIABLE - a dramatization of SD's autobiographical essay using live music and video performed at le Quai in Angers, France, by Nicolas Berthoux, Compagnie Metis.

THE GAMES OF NIGHT - one of SD's most well-known short stories - translated into Arabic by Farmaz Hussein published on-line.

March 2019

Penguin UK publishes A MOTH TO A FLAME. Stig Dagerman's third novel previously published as A BURNT CHILD - the Swedish title was based on a proverb that Stig objected to: "It is not true that a burnt child fears the fire. It is drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It knows that when it goes near it, it will burn itself again. Still, it gets too close." In her preface to the 2018 edition, Siri Hustvedt writes "A startling novel of ferocious psychological acumen ...."

January 2019

" ... one thing that separates WEDDING WORRIES from the darkness of Dagerman's earlier books ("earlier" meaning those written three or four years prior), and the thing that made it so important to me at the time, was that his characters figure out ways to get unstuck." Johannes Lichtman (Such Good Work, Simon & Schuster 2019), full review in Tin House Winter Reading 2018, issue 78, read excerpt.

November 2018

Paris Nov 12-14: Autour de Stig Dagerman: Les ombres de Stig Dagerman by Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick about the creative process behind Dagerman's play MARTY'S SHADOW.

October 2018

WEDDING WORRIES is an incredible book […] [Nobel laureate] Le Clezio refers to his fascination with reading Dagerman slowly, comparing it to Ulysses and Light in August, all of which sounds like blurb-speak at first glance. But this is the most Faulknerian book that I’ve read in years /.../ I won’t tell you what happens in WEDDING WORRIES because I want you to have that experience. My students will in the spring because this is definitely a book I’ll be including in my world fiction class. There’s so much to like here, so much giggling and joy amid the pure run-down, dissolute, messed-up set of characters and desires. /.../ I urge you to stock it, buy it, read it, recommend it.”

— Chad Post, Three Percent Blog, University of Rochester, 2018

Stig’s last novel, WEDDING WORRIES, for the first time in English, translated by Paul Norlén with Lo Dagerman, published by David Godine. The book includes a famous review by J.M.G. Le Clézio from Le Monde 1982. Cover: contemporary Swedish artist Karin Mamma Andersson. Events in Washington D.C. and at the Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.

Politics & Prose Washington D.C. September 16 at 1pm: Lo Dagerman presents Stig Dagerman's last novel with Linda Zachrison, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Sweden

Scandinavian Cultural Center Boston October 6 at 7pm

Living Writers radio program hosted and produced by T Hetzel, WCBN FM Ann Arbor 88.3, October 17

OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION IS INSATIABLE in new Portuguese edition published by Vasco Santos Editor.

Gothenburg Book Fair 2018 Sep 27 at 5pm: Theater director Mattias Andersson and Lo Dagerman in in conversation about the relevance of Stig Dagerman's MARTY'S SHADOW in today's political climate.

May 2018

AMOS OZ receives the 2018 SD AWARD on May 26 in Älvkarleby, Sweden. The prize will be accepted by Oz's longtime friend and former publisher Camilla Nagler. Read Amos Oz's exceptional acceptance remarks.

Swedish playwright Mattias Andersson's adaptation of Stig's MARTY'S SHADOW titled Skuggorna av Mart well-received by Swedish press as it provokes a debate about what it's like to live in the shadow of another person; what it's like to be bullied and to strive to become your own person.

February 2018

For the first time in English: Stig’s reflections on his own writing process in WEDDING WORRIES AND OTHER UPSETS

New Swedish research: The World of Beasts in Dagerman's writing: Hans-Göran Ekman, University of Uppsala, Gidlunds 2018