Munch's The Scream

Scandinavian Studies 374/Literature in Translation 274
Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature:
The Twentieth Century.




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Hjalmar Söderberg (1869-1941)

Söderberg worked as a customs offical and journalist in Stockholm. All of his works are set in Stockholm, and several of them share characters in common.

Söderberg's works are associated with the pessimism around the Turn of the Century, also referred to as the fin de siecle or decadence.

His production was not large and in the 1910's he gave up writing fiction. He moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where he spent the rest of his life.

Works in Translation: Martin Birck's Youth (1930), Short Stories (1987), Dr. Glas (1998)

Söderberg and Stockholm

Söderberg admired Stockholm and the feeling seems to be mutual as evidenced by the two Stockholm signs:






Söderberg's realism is so keen, that it is possible to follow his characters around on a map of Stockholm. Would you like a Dr. Glas tour Stockholm?

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