“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.

January-March 2021

On-Line Events: The Making of a Man- documentary by Lo Dagerman based on Stig Dagerman's play MARTY'S SHADOW:

March 11, 3pm EST La Maison française, NYU, New York: Virtual screening + Live Q&A with filmmaker Lo Dagerman and French historian Professor Herrick Chapman about Stig Dagerman in Paris 1947.

March 1-11 Scandinavia House, New York: Virtual screening.

March 9, 7pm EST Scandinavia House, New York: Masculinity and Culture. Live-streamed discussion with filmmaker Lo Dagerman and Mark Greene, author of Remaking Manhood and The Little #MeToo Book for Men, moderated by Benjamin Mier-Cruz, assistant professor at UWisc at Madison and translator of Stig Dagerman's third novel A MOTH TO A FLAME (Penguin UK 2019).

February 15, Noon EST American Scandinavian Association/DC: Introduction by filmmaker Lo Dagerman followed by virtual screening.

Chapman University, California (February 22): Professor Mark Axelrod-Sokolow, director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, reads Stig Dagerman's A MOTH TO A FLAME with students, and invites Lo Dagerman. (Lo's 60-min recorded zoom lecture available per request)

La Maison de la poésie, Paris (January 29) : NOTRE BESOIN DE CONSOLATION EST IMPOSSIBLE À RASSASSIER live-streamed performance by Deleyaman and actress Fanny Ardant.

September-December 2020

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival features The Making of a Man documentary by Lo Dagerman about courage, cowardice and toxic masculinity based on Stig Dagerman's play MARTY'S SHADOW. Sept 13 - Oct 11 in "Trendsetter Features" program. Film receives Audience Choice Award, and goes on to Lift-Off FF in Sydney, Melbourne and London.

Swedish war journalist Magda Gad receives the 2020 STIG DAGERMAN AWARD "... for her multifaceted and profound reporting that provides a much needed alternative in today's black&white and polarized media. ... Her ambition to dig deep and avoid oversimplification in the dialogue about power and powerless, about politics and the individual, bears a close relationship to the type of literary journalism provided by Stig Dagerman from Europe at the end of WWII."

Théâtre de Belleville, Paris: OÙ EST MON CHANDAIL ISLANDAIS? - A one-man show based on the short story by Stig Dagerman. Dramatization by Eram Soubhani, La nouvelle compagnie (Sep 6-29)

August 2020

France, Le Théâtre du peuple: NOTRE BESOIN DE CONSOLATION EST IMPOSSIBLE À RASSASSIER – an electro-rock musical interpretation of Stig Dagerman’s essay by Simon Delétang & Fergessen (Aug 29-Sep 6)

March 2020

New York: Stig Dagerman's last novel WEDDING WORRIES - Presentation by Lo Dagerman, audiobook narrator. Scandinavia House March 24 joint event with Swedish writer Helena Thorfinn (postponed due to COVID)

January 2020

Washington DC: Book launch of WEDDING WORRIES the audiobook narrated by Lo Dagerman. The Writers Center, January 19 joint event with Swedish writer Helena Thorfinn

September 2019

Living Writers. T Hetzel interviews Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick about "The Writer and the Refugee" - their book about Stig Dagerman, Etta Federn and his play "Marty's Shadow".

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.