Journal

by Birgitta Hjalmarson

Mark and the Devil

May, 2018

They say when God created Sweden, he began with the south, and so it became fertile and good in every way. The Devil, meanwhile, ran farther north, where he created the district of Mark.  On the surface it was deceptively beautiful: rounded mountains in a bluish distance, dark forests with caves for the wild animals, deep valleys with shimmering rivers and lakes. But underneath the land was harsh and stony, designed to break the backs of those who tried to farm it.  When God saw what the Devil had done, he frowned. “You have created the land,” he said. “Now I shall create the people.”  And so he made the people strong and industrious — and almost invincible.

 

Journal

by Birgitta Hjalmarson

Philip Roth and #MeToo

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson  In 2009, Marie Lundström arrives at Philip Roth’s isolated Connecticut country house to record an interview for Swedish Radio.“Are you alone?” he asks.She is. The taxi just left.Before they settle down in his...

Fylgia Chapter One Excerpt

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Sam Law’s Interview on Fylgia and More

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