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

    Graham Greene
  • Dagerman can evoke such emotion in a single sentence

    Colm Toibin
  • There are some writers (Kafka and Lorca immediately spring to mind) who come to enjoy the status of saint; their lives and deaths constitute statements about existence and its proper priorities. A saint of this type is the Swedish writer Stig Dagerman.

    Times Literary Supplement
  • A writer of uncommon urgency and power

    Siri Hustvedt
  • A literary giant in Sweden, Dagerman conjures a Strindbergian atmosphere of shadowy menace in his brief, intense novel, A Moth to a Flame... The novel absorbs the reader effortlessly... The landscape round Stockholm, with its fog-bound flatlands and grey winter seas, is vividly evoked. This moody, death-haunted novel is well worth reading

    Evening Standard
  • This searing tale of bereavement and loathing feels all too relevant today


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