Life and career
As a child of 8, she helped to inspire her brother Ingmar Bergman to create his first plays at home in 1930. Her older brother Dag Bergman (1914–1984) was an ambassador.
Margareta Bergman was married to English author and broadcaster Paul Britten Austin from 1951 until his death in 2005. She had four children, Veronica Ralston (born 1951, who translated some of her books), Thomas Britten Austin, Rose Britten Austin (a sculptor), and Cecelia Britten Austin.
Publisher's Weekly wrote that in Mirror, Mirror, Bergman draws on a similar set of images as her brother Ingmar Bergman—wild strawberries, an "actress struck mute by aphasia" but with a "more delicate and muted result." The review concludes "Bergman's prose carefully circles, rather than describes, the unspeakable, resulting in an austere work of art softened by a uniquely modern wisdom."
Novels available in English translation
- Margareta Bergman. Karin, Duckworth, 1985. Translated by Paul Britten Austin. (Original title: Karin vid havet) Reprinted St Martin's Press, 1989.
- Margareta Bergman. Mirror Mirror, 1986. Translated by Veronica Ralston. (Original title: Spegel, Spegel) Reprinted Peter Owen, 1998.
Novels only available in Swedish
- Margareta Bergman. Ångestens barn, Carlsson, 1992.
- Margareta Bergman. Flickan i Obaldine: legendroman, Rabén & Sjögren, 1975.
- Margareta Bergman. Den sommaren och andra noveller, Rabén & Sjögren, 1976.
- Margareta Bergman. Puckelryggen: en romantisk berättelse, Propius, 1971.
- Margareta Bergman Retrieved 24 November 2011
- Ingmar Bergman Overview Retrieved 24 November 2011
- Baxter, Brian. Obituary: Ingmar Bergman. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2007/jul/30/ingmarbergman.obituaries 30 July 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Mirror, Mirror". Publishers Weekly. 28 September 1998. Retrieved October 28, 2012.