About the book
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Using nightmarish imagery, this is an allegory centered on seven shipwrecked people, doomed to die, each seeking a form of salvation.The central theme is fear. The language is inspired by Faulkner, and the symbolism by Kafka.
Dagerman wrote the novel while holed up in August Strindberg’s writing cabin in Stockholm archipelago. The last sixty pages were written during one night when dagerman said he felt like “God was doing the writing”.