“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

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

November 2015

European Refugee Crisis and Political Polarization. "Maybe most relevant of all" this fall: Stig Dagerman's poem Flight Sought Us Out - read, sung and referenced all over Sweden. Several Swedish versions on youtube of Flykten valde oss Folksinger Turid on Swedish TV