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Stig Dagerman

Wedding Worries

Wedding Worries takes place on a small Swedish farm over the course of 24 hours. The young farmer’s daughter Hildur is about to marry the significantly older butcher Westlund. And so the drama unfolds: an unknown person knocks on the bride’s window, she receives an anonymous letter, a sick drifter arrives as an uninvited guest. Secrets arise to the surface, and the present is suddenly affected by actions of the past. The novel comes to a climax with the portrayal of the many events during the wedding night.

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Stig Dagerman (1923–1954) is one of the most prominent authors among the Swedish “Fyrtiotalisterna” (writers of the 1940s). He made his debut in 1945 with the novel The Snake which was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet prize for literature. He is best known as a writer of prose, with Island of the Doomed, 1946, A Burnt Child, 1947 and Wedding Worries, 1949, but…

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Wedding Worries takes place on a small Swedish farm over the course of 24 hours. The young farmer’s daughter Hildur is about to marry the significantly older butcher Westlund. And so the drama unfolds: an unknown person knocks on the bride’s window, she receives an anonymous letter, a sick drifter arrives as an uninvited guest. Secrets arise to the surface, and the present is suddenly affected by actions of the past. The novel comes to a climax with the portrayal of the many events during the wedding night.

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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

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