WEDDING WORRIES

Check Availability View all editions Wedding Worries (Bröllopsbesvär, 1949). Translation by Paul Norlén with Lo Dagerman. David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston (2018). Longlisted for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award. Wedding Worries, set in his childhood village of Älvkarleby, is Dagerman’s compelling account of the Palm family’s celebration of their young daughter Hildur’s marriage to the village […]

ISLAND OF THE DOOMED

Check availability View all editions Read excerpt (13 MB) View on Goodreads Island of the Doomed (De dömdas ö, 1946). Translation and introduction by Laurie Thompson. Quartet Books, London, 1991. ISBN 0-7043-7001-8; University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Shipwrecked on a remote, waterless island in the Pacific, seven castaways await their inevitable death. The language is inspired […]

THE SNAKE

Check availability View all editions The Snake (Ormen, 1945). Translation and introduction by Laurie Thompson. Quartet Books, London, 1995. ISBN 0-7043-0241-1. Written during WWII, The Snake is set in a nervously neutral Sweden on military alert. Dagerman, an army conscript and anarcho-syndicalist, uses the day-to-day setting of military service as a backdrop for an exploration of social justice […]

A MOTH TO A FLAME

Check availability View all editions Read “Purity is a Hard Task Master” View on Goodreads Buy on Amazon A Moth to a Flame/A Burnt Child (Bränt barn, 1948). Translation by Benjamin Mier-Cruz. University of Minnesota Press, 2013, foreword by Per Olov Enquist. Preface by Siri Hustvedt, Penguin UK, 2018 After the international success of his collection […]