Sleet: Selected Stories #2020

Sleet: Selected Stories Stig Dagerman Alice McDermott Steven Hartman Sleet Selected Stories Stig Dagerman is regarded as the most talented young writer of the Swedish post war generation By the s his fiction plays and journalism had catapulted him to the forefront of Swedish

  • Title: Sleet: Selected Stories
  • Author: Stig Dagerman Alice McDermott Steven Hartman
  • ISBN: 9781567924466
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sleet: Selected Stories Stig Dagerman Alice McDermott Steven Hartman 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 thirty one was a national tragedy This selection, contaiStig 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 thirty one 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.Praise for SleetDagerman wrote with beautiful objectivity Instead of emotive phrases, he uses a choice of facts, like bricks, to construct an emotion Graham GreeneAn 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 McDermottStig Dagerman writes with the tension that belongs to emergency deliberately, precisely, breathlessly To read Dagerman is to read with your whole body lungs, heart, viscera, as well as mind At once remote and intimate in tone, these works by one of the great twentieth century writers come fully to life in a remarkable translation by Steven Hartman Siri Hustvedt, author of The Summer Without MenStig Dagerman s fearless, moving stories should be placed alongside the short fiction of such luminaries as James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, and Raymond Carver You ll find yourself holding your breath in wonder as you read, grateful to Dagerman and Steven Hartman for the gift of these stories Edward Schwarzschild, author of The Family Diamond
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    1. Jan 2015Swedish short stories of the 1940s, translated in a manner which I found jarringly American and contemporary with this combo of style, vocab and names, it felt like we were in historical fiction, Minnesota In fairness, this is an American publication not aimed at an international market, so Yanks may find the translation less marked than would an English speaker from elsewhere, and thus discover a Swedish sense of place Alice Munro fans would probably like this settings are largely smal [...]

    2. What can I say about this collection of spare, bleak, but incredibly beautiful stories other than it grabbed me by throat from the first paragraph and never let me go the rest of the way Here is a passage from that first story This is the pleasant morning of an evil day, because on this day a child will be killed in the third village by a cheerful man I knew from that moment I was reading something special While this first story To Kill a Child about the emotional repercussions of a car accident [...]

    3. As I was reading this collection of Stig Dagerman stories, I was wondering why this author is not well known Most of the stories here come from the point of view of children, but the way Dagerman encompasses their experiences is as psychologically complex as one would expect from adults The translations by Steven Hartman are also very well done, indicated by its being longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award this year Who knows what else Dagerman could have accomplished had he not committe [...]

    4. Dagerman wrote with beautiful objectivity Instead of emotive phrases, he uses a choice of facts, like bricks, to construct an emotion Graham GreeneStig Dagerman s fearless, moving stories should be placed alongside the short fiction of such luminaries as James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, and Raymond Carver You ll find yourself holding your breath in wonder as you read, grateful to Dagerman and Steven Hartman for the gift of these stories Edward Schwarzschild, author of The Family Diamond

    5. A preface of great interest by Alice McDermott, twelve short stories by Dagerman translated with care by Steven Hartman congratulations to you, becoming reader All of the stories with kids and young people in focus Having read these stories in Swedish several times, they now also oscillate in the American English dress Amazing how this translation interpretation also can open old readings in retrospect Thank you Master Hartman and Master Godine.

    6. This collection is worth picking up just for the first story To kill a child It s such a small piece, and impactful because of its brevity It gives a sense of futility, and than a mild regret for a life which is lost because of so many small aberrations stacked up against it.

    7. Stark, bleak, and haunting stories Dagerman says so much, using few words his stories are filled with evocative description and atmospheric sadness.

    8. 4.5 Mostly greatere were a couple of stories toward the end that weren t quite as good as the rest.

    9. These stories have claws and teeth that pull and gnaw your heart until it is pulp Bleak but very beautiful.

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