As with many other gifted artists who have died prematurely, Stig Dagerman’s life and writing has taken on mythic proportions, and continues to generate interest from readers and researchers alike. He continues to be the subject of research from multiple perspectives: philosophical, psychological, political, and journalistic. Researchers have also examined the relationship of his writing to film, and his spectacular success among contemporary audiences in France and Italy.

Dagerman as Myth

Dahl, Karin. La réception de l’œvre de Stig Dagerman en France – la consécration d’un écrivain étranger. L’Harmattan, Paris, 2010. ISBN:978-296-11974-1.

Dahl, Karin. La Mythification d’un ecrivain etranger. La reception de l’oeuvre de Stig Dagerman en France et en Italie. University of Gothenburg, 2008.

Perilleux, Georges: Stig Dagerman – Le mythe et l’oeuvre, 1993.

Dagerman’s Philosophy: “The keyword in Stig Dagerman’s writing is freedom.”

Lotass, Lotta. Freedom Conveyed. Studies in the writings of Stig Dagerman. University of Gothenburg, 2002. Read the abstract.

Perilleux, Georges. Stig Dagerman et l’existentialisme, Societe d’Edition Les Belles Lettres, Paris, 1982.

Writer’s Block & Creativity Crisis – Comparison to Strindberg

Cullberg, Johan. Skapar kriser – Strindbergs Inferno och DagermansNatur & Kultur, Stockholm, 1992.

I have chosen to study August Strindberg and Stig Dagerman is not only because I much like them as authors. My primary reason is that the former went through a difficult and well-documented midlife crisis that was followed by a powerful creative period, whereas the latter chose to end his life.—Johan Cullberg

Dagerman & Psychology

Ahlund, Claes. Fallets lag och jagets stjärna. En studie i Stig Dagermans författarskap. Gidlunds Förlag,  Stockholm, 1998.

Laitinen, Kerstin. Begärets irrvägar. University of Umeå, Almquist & Wicksell, Stockholm, 1986.

Dahl, Hansen, Ljung: Ångestens hemliga förgreningar. Symposium Bokförlag, Stockholm, 1984.

Press, Natalya: (In Russian) Stig Dagerman and Escapism , includes prose extract “A Thousand Years with God”. Hektor, St. Petersburg, 2009.

Dagerman as Journalist

Palmquist Karin. Diktaren i verkligheten. Journalisten Stig Dagerman. Federativs, Stockholm, 1989.

Dagerman’s Politics/Anarchism

Karlsson, Tom. “Stig Dagerman – författaren som anarkist” in Arbetarförfattarna och syndikalismen, Federativs, Stockholm, 1999.

Sandberg, Hans: Den politiske Stig Dagerman. Federativs, Stockholm, 1979.

Dagerman and Theater

Dagerman, Lo and Pick, Nancy. Skuggorna vi bär. Norstedts, Stockholm, 2017.

In French and English translation:
L’ombre de Stig Dagerman, Éditions Maurice Nadeau, Paris 2018.
The Writer and the Refugee, Amazon, US, 2019

Dagerman and the Medium of Film

Werner, Gösta. De Grymma Skuggorna. Norstedts, Stockholm, 1986.

Dagerman and the World of Beasts

Ekman, Hans-Göran. Stig Dagermans bestarium: en essä. Gidlunds, Stockholm, 2018

Dagerman’s Letters

Sandberg, Hans. Stig Dagerman Brev. Norstedts, Stockholm, 2002.

Impressions by Those Who Met Him

Sandberg, Hans & Söderhäll, Bengt. Stig Dagerman i ögonblicksbilder. Stig Dagermansällskapet, Gävle, 2003.

Dagerman och Anita Björk

Dagerman, Lo. Himlen nära. Norstedts, Stockholm, 2023.