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Welcome to Swedish Book Review on the web! SBR was launched in 1983. It publishes two main issues every year. The main aim of SBR is to present Swedish literature to the English-speaking world. It carries translated extracts from the works of Swedish writers, often together with an introductory article.


2018:2 issue 2018:2 Issue

In the centenary of Ingmar Bergman's birth, our 2018:2 issue focuses on the literary aspect of Bergman's output, with an article on his unrealised screenplays and translated extracts from Jan Holmberg's The Writer Ingmar Bergman and Bergman's Work Diaries. The issue also includes translated extracts from Karin Boye's Astarte and from Johanna Nilsson's The Greener Abyss, a literary fantasy inspired by Boye's classic dystopian novel Kallocain. We also feature Jenny Jägerfeld's new novel for younger readers, Comedy Queen, and remember poet and translator Östen Sjöstrand and the work of Nordic Literary Translators Joan Tate and Patricia Crampton.


2018:1 issue 2018:1 Issue

In spring 2017 SELTA organised a programme of literary and translation events around the theme of nature in Swedish writing. Sweden is renowned for its natural landscapes, and in a land of long coastlines and dense forests, the countryside is filled with thousands of lakes and rivers, mountains and wide open spaces. Sweden is also a world leader in sustainability and environmental protection, and with a long history in conservation it was one of the first countries to address the loss of natural resources. In many diverse ways Swedish literature reflects the beauty and raw magnitude of nature as well as the damage caused to the natural environment by industrial progress. Our spring issue is brimming with prose and poetry on these themes.


2017:2 issue 2017:2 Issue

Our 2017:2 issue includes novelist and playright Sara Stridsberg's inaugural address on becoming a member of the Swedish Academy; we feature two very different books set on Baltic islands, by Anni Blomqvist and Martin Kellerman respectively; Sara Razai's second novel, which tackles themes of ethnicity, class and exclusion; a recent prose poem by Sara Sum Jensson/Jonas Rasmussen, inspired by a novella by Victoria Benedictsson; an extract from Magnus Florin's latest novel, which gives an interesting perspective on truth and falsehood in a timeless universe; and a glimpse into the daily life of an independent publisher from Nichola Smalley; and we remember the lives and work of Anna-Lisa Murrell and Eric Dickens.


2017:1 issue 2017:1 Issue

In our 2017:1 issue, we focus on the literary art of Swedish fiction and feature a selection of recent work by six exciting contemporary authors: Stina Stoor, a vibrant new voice from northern Sweden; Dimitris Alevras, whose debut novel depicts the horrors and risks for those seeking refuge in Europe in the 20th century; Mattias Edvardsson, whose third adult novel is a whodunnit set in the world of literature and publishing; Kai Erik, whose gripping second novel is a coming-of-age tale of friendship in a small town in Finland; and Carl-Michael Edenborg's entertaining historical romance The Alchemist's Daughter. We are also delighted to invite our readers to look into the working lives of two very distinguished translators, Sarah Death and Janny Middelbeek-Oortgiesen.

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Current Issue: 2018:2

Issue 2018-2

  • Johanna Nilsson, from The Greener Abyss
  • Karin Boye, from Astarte
  • C Claire Thomson, Love Without Lovers, Words Without Images: On Ingmar Bergman's Unrealised Screenplays
  • Robin Fulton Macpherson, Remembering Östen Sjöstrand
  • Charlotte Berry, Nordic Literary Translators Joan Tate and Patricia Crampton
  • Jan Holmberg, from The Writer Ingmar Bergman
  • Ingmar Bergman, from Work Diaries 1955-1974
  • Jenny Jägerfeld, from Comedy Queen
  • Ingmar Bergman, Writing Through a Glass Darkly
  • Bookshelf, edited by Fiona Graham
  • Just Out and Coming Up

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