Thursday, April 08, 2004

Scandinavian Literature, Swedish

The early years of the 20th century were a period of decadence and pessimism in Swedish literature. Representative of this mood were Hjalmar S�derberg and Bo Bergman. S�derberg's forte was the short story (Historietter [1898]), in which psychological subtlety and irony were happily combined and in which, as in his novels Martin Bircks ungdom (1901; �Martin Birck's Youth�) and Doktor


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