LITERATURE: Stig Dagerman Literary Event in San Francisco on May 7

The Consulate General of Sweden and SWEA San Francisco present a literary evening about Swedish writer and journalist Stig Dagerman (1923-1954).

Translated to over twenty languages and with phenomenal recent success in France, Stig Dagerman is now for the first time being published in the US. Lo Dagerman will talk about her father’s life, writings, and the continued interest in his work. American translators Steven Hartman and Benjamin Mier-Cruz will present two new releases: Sleet – Selected Stories and the writer’s third novel A Burnt Child. A short documentary film, Our Need for Consolation, will be shown. It is based on a text by Dagerman narrated by Stellan Skarsgård.

Stig Dagerman was a journalist and novelist born in the small farm village of Älvkarleby, Sweden. He moved to Stockholm to get his schooling and then to work. Dagerman produced a massive body of work between the ages of 22 to 27.  He rapidly became one of the great writers of his post-war generation, and enjoyed phenomenal success with four novels, a collection of short stories, a travel book about postwar Germany, five plays, hundreds of poems and satirical verses, several essays of note, and a large amount of journalism.

“Stig Dagerman writes with the tension that belongs to emergency—deliberately, precisely, breathlessly.” - Siri Hustvedt

The presentation and film will be in English. 

When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
6-6:30 pm: Refreshments will be served
6:30-8 pm: Presentation and film

Where: SWEA’s library in the Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St San Francisco, CA 94114

Tickets: $10/person. Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 30 to: Siv Hood, P.O. Box 1555, Mill Valley CA 94942

For more information about the event: Please contact the Consulate General of Sweden via email: or phone: 415-788 2631.

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