|Born||Astri Birgitta Kjellén
11 September 1929
|Died||14 May 2011
|Occupation||Novelist, essayist, poet|
Birgitta Trotzig (11 September 1929 – 14 May 2011) was a Swedish writer who was elected to the Swedish Academy in 1993. She was one of Sweden's most celebrated authors, and wrote prose fiction and non-fiction, as well as prose poetry.
Trotzig was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, as an only child. The family lived with the maternal grandparents in Gothenburg (her grandfather was a psychiatrist, and young Birgitta used to observe his patients), but her parents became teachers in the countryside of Skåne. She graduated from grammar/high school in 1948. Trotzig returned to Gothenburg and studied art and literary history. She began writing for the national newspaper Aftonbladet and for the literary magazine Bonniers Litterära Magasin. She married artist and sculptor Ulf Trotzig and lived in Paris from 1955 to 1972 with her husband; during this period she converted to Roman Catholicism. Through her conversion, she gained access to various aspects of French culture and to Christian and Jewish mysticism; she became very interested in San Juan de la Cruz and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Trotzig was one of Sweden's most renowned modern writers, having written several novels in which she gave voice to her Catholic faith (though her perspective is said to have been existential rather than Christian) and her dark visions. Returning themes are the death and resurrection of love. Among her novels are Sjukdomen ("The Illness") (made into the movie Kejsaren, "The Emperor," in 1979) and Dykungens dotter ("The Mud King's daughter") (1985). She also wrote essays and articles on poetry, and works of prose poems: Anima (1982) and Sammanhang ("Contexts") (1996).
- Ur de älskandes liv (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1951, "From the Life of Those Who Love")
- Bilder (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1954)
- De utsatta: En legend (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1957, "The Exposed")
- Ett landskap: Dagbok, fragment 54-58 (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1959)
- En berättelse från kusten (1961, "A Tale from the Coast")
- Utkast och förslag (Helsinki: Söderström, 1962; Stockholm: Bonnier, 1962)
- Levande och döda: Tre berättelser (Helsinki: Söderström, 1964; Stockholm: Bonnier, 1964)
- Sveket (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1966)
- Ordgränser (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1968)
- Teresa (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1969)
- Sjukdomen (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1972)
- I kejsarens tid: Sagor (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1975, "In the Time of the Emperor")
- Berättelser (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1977, "Stories")
- Jaget och världen (Stockholm: Författarförlaget, 1977)
- Anima: Prosadikter (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1982)
- Dykungens dotter: En barnhistoria (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1985)
- Porträtt: Ur tidshistorien (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1993)
- Sammanhang: Materialen (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1996)
- Dubbelheten: tre sagor (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1998, "Doubleness: Three Tales")
- Gösta Oswald (Stockholm: Norstedt, 2000)
- Utkast och förslag (1962, "Sketches and Ideas")
- Jaget och världen (1977, "The Ego and the World")
With Ulf Trotzig
- Dialog: om Ulf Trotzigs konstnärsskap (Stockholm: Arena, 1996)
- Peter Englund: Birgitta Trotzig död, Dagens Nyheter 15 May 2011
- Arnald, Jan; Trans. Tim Crosfield. "Chair no. 6 – Birgitta Trotzig". The Swedish Academy. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- Projekt Runeberg: Vem är det: Svensk biografisk handbok 1993
- Sondrup, Steven P. (2002). Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams, ed. Dictionary of Literary Biography. 257: Twentieth-Century Swedish Writers After World War II. The Gale Group. pp. 291–96.
- Sondrup, Steven (22 September 2000). Birgitta Trotzig and the Language of Religious and Literary Experience. Scandanivian Studies.
- "Birgitta Trotzig". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010.
- Förlust, Peter Englund's official blog, 15 May 2011, retrieved 15 May 2011
- Forsås-Scott, Helena (1997). Swedish women's writing, 1850-1995. London, United Kingdom: Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 149–169. ISBN 978-0-485-92003-1.
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