Trotzig, Birgitta

Trotzig, Birgitta

▪ Swedish author
born September 11, 1929, Göteborg, Sweden

      Swedish novelist and essayist in the existential tradition of France in the 1940s. (She lived in Paris from 1955 to 1972.)

      In her novels Trotzig probes from different perspectives the same basic human dilemma: man as a prisoner of his own ego and his own patterns of action. Her central motif is man driven to degradation, suffering, and death. Her depiction of the human situation in the world is existential rather than Christian, and her pessimism concerns the nature of God just as much as that of man. Her style is bare and fragmentary, but her images are filled with colour and intensity.

      Her first novel, Ur de älskandes liv (1951; “From the Life of Those Who Love”), examines a group of lonely, artistic young women. One of her finest novels, De utsatta (1957; “The Exposed”), takes place in 17th-century Scania and has a primitive country priest as its main character. Her next novel, En berättelse från kusten (1961; “A Tale from the Coast”), is a legend about human suffering, set in Scania in the 15th century. Her later works include I kejsarens tid: Sagor (1975; “In the Time of the Emperor”); Berättelser (1977; “Stories”); and Dykungens dotter (1985), about a woman unable to transcend her past and her hostile society. In 1998 Trotzig published Dubbelheten: tre sagor (“Doubleness: Three Tales”), which deals, as one critic put it, with the problems of “want, meaninglessness, and death.” The same critic speaks of the stories' “lyrical style, their simple and stark beauty.”

      Trotzig also wrote a great number of articles on art, literature, and politics. Two representative collections of these works are Utkast och förslag (1962; “Sketches and Ideas”) and Jaget och världen (1977; “The Ego and the World”).

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