Journal

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Birgitta Hjalmarson

The Historical Novels Review on Fylgia

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson Fylgia WRITTEN BY BIRGITTA HJALMARSON REVIEW BY VIVIANE CRYSTAL Anna is a proud, intelligent older woman recounting her life in the dark, serious atmosphere of Sweden. Her story begins in the time just preceding...

Rilke in Sweden, 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sam Law Reads Fylgia

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson   Fylgia  by ItsGoodToRead Summary:  This novel is set in rural Sweden, in a village called Hult, and a timeline that spans both World Wars up to the 1970’s. We follow the story of Anna, daughter of the local...

Mark and the Devil

Journal by Birgitta Hjalmarson 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...