Ormen

The Snake

- With a newly written foreword by Siri Hustvedt

by Stig Dagerman

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.

He writes:
“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.

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