Deborah Bragan-Turner

Deborah Bragan-Turner


Literary translator and editor of Swedish Book Review.

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Translator of Swedish literature, particularly literary fiction and biography.
Degree in Scandinavian Languages, University College London.
Formerly an academic librarian in the UK and independent bookseller in France.
Please contact me through the Society of Authors.

Selected Publications

To Cook a BearNiemi, Mikael. To Cook a Bear.

MacLehose Press, 2020. ISBN 9780857058928.

It is 1852, and in Sweden’s far north, deep in the Arctic Circle, charismatic preacher and Revivalist Lars Levi Læstadius impassions a poverty-stricken congregation with visions of salvation. But local leaders have reason to resist a shift to temperance over alcohol.

The Faculty of DreamsStridsberg, Sara. The Faculty of Dreams.

MacLehose Press, 2019. ISBN 9780857054722.

In April 1988, Valerie Solanas – the writer, radical feminist and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol – was discovered dead in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco. In this novel, Sara Stridsberg revisits the hotel room where Solanas died, the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood and the mental hospitals where she was held.

The Man in the Boat (short story). In: The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat & Other Stories from the North; ed Sjón and Ted HodgkinsonEnquist, Per Olov. The Man in the Boat (short story). In: The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat & Other Stories from the North; ed Sjón and Ted Hodgkinson.

Pushkin Press, 2017. ISBN 9781782273820.

An anthology of fiction from across the Nordic region.

The Parable BookEnquist, Per Olov . The Parable Book.

MacLehose Press, 2016. ISBN 9780857059918.

The novel P.O. Enquist thought he would never be able to write. The true story of a love affair between a fifteen-year old boy and a 51-year-old woman.

The Gravity of LoveStridsberg, Sara. The Gravity of Love.

MacLehose Press, 2016. ISBN 978-085705476.

Explores the lives of the inhabitants of a psychiatric hospital in the process of shutting down, depriving them of the only place they have known as home.

The Wandering Pine: Life as a NovelEnquist, Per Olov. The Wandering Pine: Life as a Novel.

MacLehose Press, 2015. ISBN 9780857051707.

The Wandering Pine starts off in a little green house in the Västerbotten province of northern Sweden. It ends with Enquist’s return, both to writing and to another kind of life, after several despondent years. The pages in between describe – with humour, warmth and endless wonderment – his rise, his fall and his redemptive resurgence.

Smile of a Midsummer Night: a Picture of SwedenGustafsson, Lars and Blomqvist, Agneta. Smile of a Midsummer Night: a Picture of Sweden.

The Armchair Traveller at the bookHaus, 2015. ISBN 9781909961043.

Lars Gustafsson and Agneta Blomqvist's personal guide to their Swedish homeland, from Skåne in the south to the very north, with far-ranging excursions across forests and moors, through art, literature and history.

BreathlessSwärd, Anne. Breathless.

MacLehose Press, 2013. ISBN 9780857051059.

Lo enjoys a sheltered safe childhood, but when she is six years old a fire breaks out in a field by her home, and in the aftermath she makes a new friend. Lukas is thirteen and Lo's family are deeply suspicious of his motives for befriending such a young girl. The pair are forced to meet in secret, sleeping side by side by the lake every summer. For her fifteenth birthday, Lukas takes Lo to the Tivoli pleasure gardens in Copenhagen. Senses dulled by dancing, drink and bright lights, she falls asleep, and wakes to find their lives and friendship changed forever.