The Serious Game

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The Serious Game
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Author Hjalmar Söderberg
Original title Den allvarsamma leken
Translator Eva Claeson
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Publisher Albert Bonniers förlag
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 422

The Serious Game (Swedish: Den allvarsamma leken) is a 1912 novel by Hjalmar Söderberg. It tells the story of a man and a woman who fall in love when young, and remain in love, but stay separated and marry others.

Three Swedish films based on the book have been produced: Den allvarsamma leken (1945), Games of Love and Loneliness (1977) and A Serious Game (2016).


The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly in 2002: "Söderberg manifests a keen painterly eye for settings: Arvid and Lydia's affair plays out against a backdrop of serene Stockholm parks, crowded newspaper offices full of workaholic journalists and the spare bedrooms where their trysts take place—and in each locale, the details offered are just enough to create a world of sensations. Feminist readers may take umbrage at the male domination of Arvid's milieu—women get little or no air time, although they would seem to determine the course of the novel. Söderberg creates psychological suspense worthy of Dostoyevski, as Arvid's internal moral conflicts achieve the gravity of physical pain."[1]

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  1. ^ Staff writer (February 4, 2002). "Fiction Review: The Serious Game by Hjalmar Soderberg". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-20.