“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

October 2016

France: Two Dagerman volumes republished by Maurice Nadeau. Les wagon rouges, a short story collection, and the novel Ennui de noce/Wedding Worries. This issue includes Stig's own account of how he came to write the novel, and a post-script by Lo Dagerman.

September 2016

Stig Dagerman's prose extract A Thousand Years With God performed as poetic circus by Kompani Giraff in Stockholm.

July 2016

Italians are reading The Politics of the Impossible - a widely reviewed collection of Stig Dagerman's political articles (La politica dell'impossibile, Iperborea, 2016). Read one article from the collection, in translation by Lo Dagerman, on The World Citizen movement for peace spearheaded by American Garry Davis.

April 2016

Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis receives the 2016 One Day A Year Stig Dagerman Award for his body of work, where passion for Arabic poetry, beyond the claims of religious and political currents, uncovers the liberating essence of the art form. Read more about the Stig Dagerman Award

Stig's poem on the plight of refugees, Flight sought us out, published by Innsbrucker Arbeitskreis für Psychoanalyse . Read the poem in Swedish, German or English.

January 2016

Do We Have Faith In Humanity? Stig's classic and in Sweden oft-cited response to a magazine question posed in 1950