Saskia Vogel

Saskia  Vogel


SELTA Secretary, novelist, literary translator

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Saskia Vogel is a Swedish-to-English literary translator and novelist. Her translations include work by leading contemporary authors such as Lina Wolff, Lena Andersson, Karolina Ramqvist, Elisabeth Åsbrink, Katrine Marcal and Per Molander. In 2017, her forthcoming translation of Lina Wolff's The Polyglot Lovers received an English Pen Award. Her translations have been featured by BBC Radio 4, Guernica, Granta, LitHub, Words Without Borders and more. /-/ Her debut novel I Am A Pornographer, a love story about grief, power and compassion, will be published in 2019 by Dialogue Books/Little, Brown (UK), Mondial Förlag (Sweden), Coach House (North America), and Alpha Decay (Spain). Her writing can be found in Granta, the Paris Review Daily, and the White Review among other publications. /-/ She holds an MA in Comparative Literature from UCL, a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and a BA (Joint Honours) in Film and English Literature from Brunel University.

Selected Publications

Acts of InfidelityAndersson, Lena. Acts of Infidelity.

Picador, 2018. ISBN 9781509841127.

The second novel from August-Prize winning Lena Andersson; cutting, often cruel, and with razor-sharp humour, Acts of Infidelity explores the role of the lover in today's culture.

The White CityRamqvist, Karolina. The White City.

Black Cat/Grove Press, 2017. ISBN 978-080212595.

Karolina Ramqvist has been hailed as “one of Sweden’s truly interesting young writers” (Dagens Nyheter) with “a great talent for creating imagery and building atmosphere” (Dagbladet) and she’s a powerful literary voice on contemporary issues of sexuality, commercialization, isolation, and belonging. An immediate bestseller upon publication, The White City is an arresting and intimate novel of betrayal and empowerment from a bold, fearless writer. Karin knew what she was getting herself into when she fell for John, the high-flying criminal and love of her life. But she never imagined things would turn out like this: John is now gone and the coke-filled parties, seemingly endless flow of money, and high social status she previously enjoyed have been replaced by cut telephone lines, cut heat, and cut cash. All that remains of Karin’s former life is the big house he bought for her—and his daughter, the child Karin once swore she would never bring into their dangerous world. Now Karin is alone with baby Dream, and the old promise of “the family” has proved alarmingly empty. With the authorities zeroing in on organized crime, John’s shady legacy is catching up with her, and the house is about to be seized. Over the course of a few nerve-wracking days, Karin is forced to take drastic measures in order to claim what she considers rightfully hers.

The Anatomy of InequalityMolander, Per. The Anatomy of Inequality.

Melville House, 2016. ISBN 978-161219569.

“Virtually all human societies are marked by inequality, at a level that surpasses what could be expected from normal differences in individuals’ capabilities alone.” So begins this new approach to the greatest social ill of our time, and nearly every other era. From a country with one of the world’s lowest rates of income and social imbalance, award-winning Swedish analyst Per Molander’s book changes the conversation about the causes and effects of inequality. Molander addresses the obvious questions that other pundits often avoid—including why the wealthiest countries, such as the United States, have the greatest incidences of inequality. Drawing from anthropology, statistics, references to literature, and political science, Molander looks at his subject across various political and ideological systems to examine policies that have created more just societies, and demonstrate how we can enact similar changes in the name of equality. In doing so, he presents a persuasive and moving case that humankind is much greater than the inequalities it has created.

All Monsters Must Die: And Excursion to North KoreaFredrik Ekman, Magnus Bärtås. All Monsters Must Die: And Excursion to North Korea.

2015. ISBN 9781770898806.

In 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is founded by General Kim Il-sung. In 1978, North Korea celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its founding, and Kim Jong-il, who at the time is the head of the Propaganda and Agitation Department, orders the kidnapping of the greatest South Korean movie star, the actress Madame Choi, and her ex-husband, the famous film director Shin Sang-ok. In 2008, North Korea celebrates its sixtieth anniversary, and Magnus Bärtås and Fredrik Ekman take a bizarre, heavily guided tour to the world’s most isolated country. In All Monsters Must Die, authors Magnus Bärtås and Fredrik Ekman weave together these three stories to create a mosaic of North Korea, past and present: from the Japanese occupation to the demarcation of the border at the 38th parallel and the Korean War, the development of North Korean Juche ideology, the establishment of the Kim dynasty’s cult of personality, and the aggressive manufacturing of political propaganda, which motivated the kidnapping of South Korea’s most famous film couple. Intelligent and shocking, this book offers a rare and fascinating window into the “hermit kingdom,” and includes an updated chapter on the passing of Kim Jong-il and the declaration of his son, Kim Jong-un, as supreme leader.

The Black CurveHillarp, Rut. The Black Curve.

Readux Books, 2015. ISBN  978-3-944801.

The Black Curve is the story of a love affair. Through the radical representation of sexual fantasy, desire, and the foundations of love, Rut Hillarp explores monogamy and romantic love in a man’s world. Man (a conductor) and Woman (a writer) attract and repel each other, and their relationship swings between violence and tenderness, compulsion and deprivation. From these tensions, the idea of romance is born.

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?Marçal, Katrine. Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?.

Portobello Books, 2015. ISBN 1846275644.

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since and his influence has spread from the market to how we shop, work and date. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that's because their labour is worth less - how could it be otherwise? Economics has told us a story about how the world works and we have swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. Now it's time to change the story. In this courageous look at the mess we're in, Katrine Marcal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

The LessonNaumann, Cilla. The Lesson.

Readux Books, 2014. ISBN 3944801105.

A teacher is driven to the edge by a teenage student.

Where the Hollyhocks Come FromSvensson, Amanda. Where the Hollyhocks Come From.

Readux Books, 2014. ISBN 3944801180.

Sex and death on the southern Swedish coast.

FantasyPersson, Malte . Fantasy.

Readux Books, 2013. ISBN 3944801024.

An art student reports on the shadow side of Sweden’s most expensive, unfinished fantasy film.

Nuestra Señora de la AsunciónWolff, Lina. Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.

Granta Magazine, 2013. ISBN 190588169X.

Malaise and an uncanny vision in Spain.