Few days ago I took you to the Klara district, which was a very important place for the writer Stig Dagerman as well.

Dagerman considered Klara as the place of his spiritual birth. The writer spent a lot of time in this area, where some parts of his debut novel “Ormen” are set. Here were also located the offices of Arbetaren, the newspaper for which Dagerman has long been editor. It was in Arbetaren in March 1952 (the year the demolition began) that Dagerman published a wonderful article entitled “Strövtåg i Klara”.

Dagerman strolls through the streets of the district and relates “memory” and “reason” in a dialogue in which the old buildings are the setting and the witnesses of dreams: a place full of memories in which it is difficult to feel alone. This may resonate as a prediction of how loneliness is central within the modern, functional societies in which we live.

Can we be more lonely in the modern world also because of the demolition of places of memory?


1. Stig Dagerman, photo by Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek


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