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Our cover pictures in the 2001:1 issue are taken from the book Strindberg. Målaren och fotografen (Strindberg. Painter and Photographer. - National Museum Exhibition Catalogue No. 624, ISBN 91-7100-634-6), published by the National Museum in Stockholm in connection with the exhibition being held at the museum until 13 May, and due to be mounted in Copenhagen at the Statens Museum for Kunst 9 June - 16 September this year, and at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris 15 October 2001 - 27 January 2002. An English-language version of the richly illustrated book will be published by the Yale University Press. Everyone knows that Strindberg was a brilliant prose writer, poet, and world-ranking dramatist; not everyone realizes he was also an artist and photographer who pioneered revolutionary techniques. Per Hedström, who also edited the book, provides an elegant and comprehensive account of Strindberg's achievements as a pictorial artist, and articles investigate Strindberg's fascinating and innovative experiments in the field of photography. Strindberg's astonishing essay "The New Arts! Or the Role of Chance in Artistic Creation" is reprinted in the book, and the recognized expert on Strindberg as a painter, Göran Söderström, contributes an article on Strindberg's visits to France and his relationships with the Scandinavian artists' colony as well as French artists (notably Gauguin), and also an eye-opening article on how Strindberg influenced Carl Larsson as an artist, rather than vice versa as is so often assumed. (This article is reprinted in English in this issue.)
The book is replete with high-quality reproductions of Strindberg's paintings and photographs. Most of Strindberg's paintings were seascapes or depictions of shores: as Per Hedström demonstrates, Strindberg tended to paint when he found himself unable to write, and this usually coincided with stays in the Stockholm archipelago, or situations in which he had cause to remember his time there. Many of Strindberg's paintings were of navigation marks, which he frequently repeated in different versions. On our front cover we feature The White Mare II, a wooden structure painted white and contrasting eerily with the black diorite rock (it features in the novel By the Open Sea); on the back cover is his thought-provoking Stormy Sea. Brush Buoy. Both paintings are from 1892.

2001:1 Issue

 
 
 
   
Göran Printz-Påhlson
Peter Graves
Göran Printz-Påhlson celebrated his 70th birthday on 31 March, 2001. Well-known in Sweden as one of the leading poets and essayists of his age, and at least as well known throughout the academic world in Britain and North America, he has also been an advisory editor of Swedish Book Review since its launch in 1983. He lived in Cambridge for many years, but has now moved back to his native Skåne. We are delighted to congratulate him on his birthday, and to mark the occasion Peter Graves has written an appreciation of his writings and translated some of his poems.
pointer.gif (116 bytes) Peter Graves, Göran Printz-Påhlson
 
Carola Hansson
Irene Scobbie
Carola Hansson has published novels regularly since 1983, but it was her novel Andrej (André, 1994), nominated for the prestigious August Prize, which made her name. Since then she has to date published a further two successful novels, Steinhof (1997) and Den älskvärde (A Complaisant Man, 2000), and won no fewer than eight literary awards. Irene Scobbie provides an introduction to Carola Hansson's life and novels and presents extracts from her translations of Steinhof and Den älskvärde.
 
Agneta Pleijel
Silvester Mazzarella
Agneta Pleijel was born in Stockholm in 1940, and after academic studies in Lund and Gothenburg became a writer and journalist, resigning as cultural editor of Aftonbladet in 1980 in order to devote herself full time to creative writing. She has achieved success in virtually all types of writing - prose, poetry, drama, reportage and criticism. Her first novel was Vindspejare (He Who Observeth the Wind, 1987). Silvester Mazzarella presents his translation of an extract from her latest novel, Lord Nevermore (2000).
Strindberg, Carl Larsson and the frescos at the National Museum
Göran Söderström, transl. Laurie Thompson
Göran Söderström's article appears in the book Strindberg. Målaren och fotografen (Strindberg. Painter and Photographer) from which our cover pictures are taken, and which was published by the National Museum of the Fine Arts in Stockholm to accompany an exhibition. Göran Söderström is an art historian and the leading expert on Strindberg and creative art. He is a former head of the Strindberg Museum, and works for the City of Stockholm. His book Strindberg och bildkonsten (Strindberg and Pictorial Art, 1972, new ed. 1990) is the standard work on the subject.