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In the summer of 1946, while secluded in August Strindberg’s small cabin in the Stockholm archipelago, Stig Dagerman wrote Island of the Doomed. This novel was unlike any other yet seen in Sweden and would establish him as the country’s brightest literary star. To this day it is a singular work of fiction—a haunting tale that oscillates around seven castaways as they await their ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1946)
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Axel W
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tyvärr förstod jag inte boken
Maurizio Manco
"Nessun innocente ha lo sguardo tanto innocente come il colpevole." (p. 172)

"Quale era l'utilità del tutto, a che servivano sacrifici e buone azioni se poi i risultati erano risibili? E allora gli fu chiara la illimitata immoralità dell'esistenza. Vivere era correre in uno di quei labirinti che si vedono in certe giostre raffinate: una perla ci attrae risplendendo su una pietra al centro del labirinto e noi, convinti dell'assoluta onestà del labirinto, vi corriamo durante gli anni gi
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Cymru Roberts
It's with a heavy heart I only give my boy Stig 3 stacks. After German Autumn I considered myself a fan for life, and still do, but ACHTUNG to any newcombers... if you haven't read any Dagerman before, DO NOT START HERE.

The intro here was pertinent. JMG Arci-- I mean le Clezio's comparison of this book to Maldoror was an eye opening insight. It's true... this is the Swedish Lautremont at full swing, meaning that another tortured youth has spread his guts onto the pages of what somehow has been cal
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Jack Brånfelt
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dagerman - like the father's whip in chapter one - lashes one vivid explosion after the other of living, nightmarish images of the fear - the unrelenting fear - of human existence. Stranded on a symbolic island, the castaways thrive on the illusion of rescue; as the clouds in the sky transform into majestic ships, only to dissolve in front of their eyes in that exact same moment, they tell themselves futile lies, awaiting the unavoidable end.

As the chain reactions of Dagerman's prose reaches it
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Yeni López
Es uno de los libros más extraños que me ha tocado leer hasta ahora. Eso sí, exige mucho de la atención del lector y en la sucesión vertiginosa de imágenes narrativas hay elementos poéticos bastante interesantes. Sin embargo, intuyo algunos problemas de traducción y edición que lamentablemente entorpecen la lectura, y deja un sabor de boca enrarecido, pero no en el buen sentido de la apreciación de una gran obra literaria, sino de un mal manejo en el proceso de edición.
Con todo ello, si bien no
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Julie Rylie
If it wasn’t for the vocabulary and the genius quotes now and then this book would be a complete failure. I wanted to read this in such a long time (years!), I was always searching for this and it was always out of stock. A friend of mine recommended this to me and I thought it would be amazing. It had everything to be amazing! I mean, the description of all the characters at first and then explaining their life together.

I really liked the idea of all this mixed feelings and different perspecti
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Véronique
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: not for the faint of heart
I bought this on the recommandation of a Swedish bookseller whose tastes seemed very similar to mine. I must say that the cover was very misleading: the glossy material of the cover & the design, what with the diagonal, oversized, slightly faded title, evoked a pulpy thriller to my imagination. I was, evidently, not yet acquainted with Dagerman. The novel consists of the tale of seven castaways on the titled island, each struggling with their impending demise but also with their demons. It i ...more
Gabriela Molina
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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La isla de los condenados es uno de esos libros que resultan dificiles de catalogar por que estan construidos en base al viaje interior de los protagonistas y las circunstancias terminan siendo meros pretextos parabólicos, ya que son consecuencia del mundo y consecuencia de las acciones del protagonista.

Escrito con una prosa más bien delirante que evoca a Lautremont en esos largos pasajes de sin sentidos que aparecen a la primera lectura para que después en la evocación de los mismos
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Victor
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otäcka beskrivningar och fängslade språk, dock svårläst ?
Janina
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ce roman est terrible. Comme dans toute son oeuvre, Stig Dagerman traite la nature humaine, la culpabilité, la peur, l'angoisse et l'absurdité du monde. Mais cette fois (c'est son deuxième roman) il le fait d'une manière incroyablement cruelle. Les métaphores s'enchaînent, récits de rêves, retour vers le passé de chacun des naufragés et de leurs névroses, et coupent littéralement le souffle par leur horrible réalisme.
Pour ceux qui voudraient commencer à lire les romans de Stig Dagerman, je cons
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John Hatley
This is an astonishing book, one that discusses the meaning of life, of death. The narrative weaves in and out of the real world and the dream world in a way that reminds me very much of works by Franz Kafka that I read as a student.
Jack
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"ordrik" som den beskrevs av min litteratur-lärare. Känns symboltung och svår. Den är seg men ändå rasande i sitt tempo, har många fina bilder och levande karaktärer, men ännu inte klar med vad den vill säga.
Rita
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To all those who believe they have sucessfully dealt with fear of death: please read on. I think you''ll find that you really have not.
Jack Goodstein
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Difficult book to interpret: 7 caastaways on a deserted island find themselves in what appears to be hell.
Jakob
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
dense, faulkneresque but indeed worthwile
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Stig Dagerman was one of the most prominent Swedish authors during the 1940s. In the course of five years, 1945-49, he enjoyed phenomenal success with four novels, a collection of short stories, a book about postwar Germany, five plays, hundreds of poems and satirical verses, several essays of note and a large amount of journalism. Then, with apparent suddenness, he fell silent. In the fall of 195 ...more
“esse querido plano interior; o segredo da felicidade é não termos escrúpulos para connosco e termos o máximo de atenções para com todos os outros; de resto, o próprio tempo disse já adeus a todos os piratas da alma” 2 likes
“...aspirava a uma paz que só a inocência na solidão pode proporcionar, a paz de um solitário inocente, que não abandonou nem traiu ninguém para estar só, um solitário que se conserva à margem do sangue e do sofrimento, sem que lhe possam ser pedidas contas.” 2 likes
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