“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.







October 2019

A MOTH TO A FLAME reviewed in the UK:

"Dagerman is excellent on how our motives can be a mystery even to ourselves." "First published in the late 1940s, this searing tale of bereavement and loathing feels all too relevant today." The Guardian

"A literary giant in Sweden, Dagerman conjures a Strindbergian atmosphere of shadowy menace in his brief, intense novel … well worth reading." The Evening Standard

French radio interview with Senegalese-French writer Fatou Diomé about la mélancholie. Fatou speaks about Stig Dagerman, "mon amour suédois", and reads from Notre besoin de consolation est impossible à rassassier (27-36 minutes of interview).

June 2019

Textile artist Britta Marakatt-Labba receives the 2019 STIG DAGERMAN AWARD for her part mythical, part realistic, rebellious embroidered images that depict the history and contemporary life of the Sámi people of northern Europe.

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 led the discussion of MARTY'S SHADOW at the Alliance français 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.