The Snake is an anti-militaristic story with fear as its main theme, channeling the war-time zeitgeist. Set in neutral Sweden during raging World War II, Dagerman examines the effects of powerlessness and fear among a group of young people.
“Cohabitation with anxiety is the only way of living because
it gives man at least a small possibility to experience himself.”
“During this century, no other Swedish author has made such a violent and convincing debut.” Olof Lagercrantz writing about Ormen, Stig Dagerman’s first novel and breakthrough.