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Strindberg – from the Inferno

Jordi Guinart

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Funambulista, Spain, 2016, 397 pages
Original title: Strindberg – desde el infierno
Genre: non-fiction

August Strindberg, who was born in Stockholm in 1849, is one of the leading playwrights in history and was the person primarily responsible for the renewal of the modern theater. At thirty years of age, his status as an author was consecrated by The Red Room, which marked the beginning of modern Swedish literature. Strindberg was a very prolific author, whose output of more than seventy volumes encompasses all genres. Many theories have been put forward to explain Strindberg and his tormented existence: that he was suffering from psychosis, that he was misogynistic, oversensitive or homosexual; or simply that his plays form the greatest (and false?) autobiographical construction of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Strindberg was also an alchemist, sculptor, photographer, painter and journalist, but few know the controversial man who hid behind so many masks: the border between reality and fiction was never as diffuse as in the existence of this total artist.

This biography – the first in Spanish – provides a valuable tool for readers to interpret the works of this Scandinavian genius and learn more about his fascinating legacy. Jordi Guinart’s agile writing and thorough documentation, thoroughly excavates the Strindbergian “Inferno” and brings to light the possible truths in the theories of the psyche of the man many consider the “Swedish Cervantes”.