Rilke, Summer of 1904

Rilke, Summer of 1904

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson Rainer Maria Rilke was in his late twenties when he wrote Ellen Key from Rome, complaining about the “galloping spring.” Two years earlier, in 1901, he had married Clara Westhoff, a sculptress, with whom he now had a daughter. He longed...
She Sat the Whole Time Cold

She Sat the Whole Time Cold

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson The castle in Stockholm was cold. Descartes had died here in 1650, supposedly freezing to death. Queen Kristina, whom he had come to tutor, would abdicate and flee to Rome. In 1891, when Victoria arrived from her native Germany, the old...
Emir, the Swedish Ardennes

Emir, the Swedish Ardennes

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson A shorter version of this post was first published by Women Writers, Women Books at http://www.booksbywomen.org.  They named him Emir, after those powerful Arab rulers. He was an Ardennes draft horse, a roan gelding in a village in...
Zarathustra’s Tightrope Walker

Zarathustra’s Tightrope Walker

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson SUSAN MARY MALONE / JUNE 26, 2018 Creating a Great Novel out of Historical Events This week we have an interview with Birgitta Hjalmarson, whose beautiful novel, Fylgia,was published this month by Bedazzled Ink Publishing. I had the...
Reading Tomas Transtromer

Reading Tomas Transtromer

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson READING TOMAS TRANSTROMER Tomas Transtromer’s poems won’t leave you alone. They’re dark, infused with dread, but also shot through with light, as when, nearby, a string quartet plays Schubert. So much we have to trust to be able to live...
Fylgia, Chapter One Excerpt

Fylgia, Chapter One Excerpt

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson Chapter One Excerpt I STILL GO to the grave. My younger self runs ahead. I follow, cutting through the forest and staying away from the country road. An old woman in a beret and a tweed jacket. Anemones cover the graveyard in the spring....