“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 September 2017

Dagerman's play MARTY'S SHADOW in translation by Nancy Pick and Lo Dagerman published on Amazon

Dagerman's short story SLEET published in a beautiful box set Four Swedish Classics (Novellix 2017) together with stories by August Strindberg, Selma Lagerlöf and Astrid Lindgren

"Dagerman! You were a lover of truth!" from Twenty Statements about Stig Dagerman- Poet and Anarchist by Adonis published in a new Swedish edition of Dagerman's collected political verses and poems originally written for the Swedish Anarcho-Syndicalist daily Arbetaren (Norstedts, 2017)

Gothenburg Book Fair Sep 28-Oct 1: A selection of Dagerman's political verses and poems will be distributed as part of an anti-nazi protest; his novel ISLAND OF THE DOOMED will be read aloud in its entirety; and the background of his play MARTY'S SHADOW presented.

Gothenburg Sep 30: Skuggorna vi bär An evening discussing the presence of resistance in Dagerman's plays with a focus on MARTY'S SHADOW led by Stina Oscarson

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