Margareta Bergman

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Margareta Bergman (born Karin Ann Margareta Bergman; 22 August 1922 in Uppsala, Sweden – 27 September 2006) was a Swedish novelist.

Life and career[edit]

Margareta Bergman, only sister of film director Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007),[1] is the author of novels Karin and Mirror Mirror.

As a child of 8, she helped to inspire her brother Ingmar Bergman to create his first plays at home in 1930.[2] Her older brother Dag Bergman (1914–1984) was an ambassador.

Her father Erik Bergman, a Lutheran priest, was extremely strict, and forced Margareta and her brothers to attend all of his Sunday church services.[3]

Ingmar Bergman's most personal feature film, that he had intended to be his last, was the somewhat autobiographical Fanny and Alexander, based on his and Margareta's unhappy childhood.[2]

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."[4]


Novels available in English translation[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ Margareta Bergman Archived 2012-04-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 24 November 2011
  2. ^ a b Ingmar Bergman Overview Retrieved 24 November 2011
  3. ^ Baxter, Brian. Obituary: Ingmar Bergman. The Guardian. 30 July 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Mirror, Mirror". Publishers Weekly. 28 September 1998. Retrieved October 28, 2012.

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