“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 May 2017

San Francisco May 10: Literary Evening with Lo Dagerman SHADOWS WE CARRY - Stig Dagerman and the Mystery of the Monster Mother. Event organized by the Swedish Consulate and SWEA SF.

Alvkarleby, Sweden May 27: The STIG DAGERMAN AWARD 2017 given to Anders Kompass, UN whistle-blower, who without concern for personal consequences stood up for those without voice, in his case sexually violated children.

March 2017

New York March 11: North American premiere of MARTY'S SHADOW, Dagerman's most performed and translated play, the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre . Through April 1.

New York March 21: MARTY'S SHADOW: HEROISM, WAR AND THE MONSTER MOTHER - Three Perspectives on Dagerman's drama Scandinavia House 7pm . Panel with Lo Dagerman & Nancy Pick, authors of Skuggorna vi bär about the genesis of the play; Herrick Chapman, Professor of History and French Studies at NYU; and Eugene Mahon, psychiatrist at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University.

January 2017

Now on youtube: From despair to a place of hope OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION/VART BEHOV AV TROST - short film with Stellan Skarsgard based on Stig's famous essay Our Need for Consolation Is Insatiable ... In English ... and Swedish

New Book: A personal investigation into Stig's play MARTY'S SHADOW/SKUGGAN AV MART by Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick, relative of Etta Federn who inspired his shocking play, so far only in Swedish