Short Stories | Out of Print |
Translated by Carl Lofmark
155 pages RRP £12.22 paperback 2009 Series B
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Hjalmar Söderberg (1869-1941) established himself at the fin-de-siècle as a writer of challenging ideas and controlled elegance of style. Although best known in the English-speaking world for his provocative novel Doctor Glas, lauded by Margaret Atwood among others, it is his short stories that are the main reason for his high standing in his native Sweden.
The twenty-six stories included in this volume are taut, economical in structure, precisely observed and laced with irony. They include some of his most popular and well known stories: A Dog without a Master, a meditation upon a godless existence, The Fur Coat, in which a borrowed garment reveals an adulterous secret, and The Chinese, with its delicate depiction of loneliness and isolation. Shining through all the stories is Söderberg’s clear-sighted affection for Stockholm, in all its moods - it is only too easy to see why Söderberg is regarded as one of the foremost chroniclers of the city.