Sleet: Selected Stories

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1st English Edition

212 x 135 mm. 176pp ~Verba Mundi series. In stock in Australia now, for immediate delivery

Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) is regarded as the most talented young writer of the Swedish post-war generation. By the 1940s, his fiction, plays, and journalism had catapulted him to the forefront of Swedish letters, with critics comparing him to William Faulkner, Franz Kafka, and Albert Camus. His suicide at the age of 31 was a national tragedy.

This selection, containing a number of new translations of Dagerman's stories never before published in English, is unified by the theme of the loss of innocence. Often narrated from a child's perspective, the stories give voice to childhood's tender state of receptiveness and joy tinged with longing and loneliness. Att döda ett barn' (To Kill A Child) is the most famous of Dagerman's short stories and among the most anthologised and oft-read stories in Sweden.

'Dagerman wrote with beautiful objectivity. Instead of emotive phrases, he uses a choice of facts, like bricks, to construct an emotion' - Graham Greene

'An imagination that appeals to an unreasonable degree of sympathy is precisely what makes Dagerman's fiction so evocative. Evocative not, as one might expect, of despair, or bleakness, or existential angst, but of compassion, fellow-feeling, even love' - from the preface by Alice McDermott

(9781567924466)

SKU 9781567924466
Barcode # 9781567924466
Brand Godine
Artist / Author Stig DAGERMAN

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