“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.

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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!