Saskia Vogel

Saskia  Vogel


SELTA Honorary Secretary, literary translator, novelist

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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, Karolina Ramqvist, Elisabeth Asbrink, Katrine Marcal and Johannes Anyuru. Her debut novel Permission (Dialogue Books/Little, Brown) was published in four languages in 2019 and was optioned for television. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature from University College London, 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

Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in CrisisGreta Thunberg, Malena Ernman, et al. Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis.

Allen Lane, 2020. ISBN 978-024144673.

Co-translated with Paul Norlen. The profoundly moving story of how love, courage and determination brought Greta Thunberg's family back from the brink

Everything I Have I've Been GivenRamqvist, Karolina. Everything I Have I've Been Given.

Comma Press, 2020. ISBN 978-191269729.

Europa28: Writing by Women on the Future of Europe. This anthology brings together 28 acclaimed women writers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs from across the continent to offer new perspectives on the future of Europe, and how it might be rebuilt. Featuring essays, fictions and short plays, Europa28 asks what it means to be European today and demonstrates with clarity and often humour how women really do see things differently. 'Inspiring, essential, honest and deeply humane... This brilliant collection takes readers on a brave journey into our beloved continent, Europe, daring to tell the stories beyond its centres of power and privilege.

Girls LostSchiefauer, Jessica. Girls Lost.

Deep Vellum , 2020. ISBN 978-194192095.

Winner of Sweden's most prestigious literary prize for young readers, Girls Lost is a thriller featuring three teenage girls: Kim, Bella, and Momo. The three occupy a challenging limbo between childhood and adulthood, made only more difficult by the steady provocation of their malicious male classmates and pubescent bodies that are changing beyond their control. They are on the precipice of a grown-up world that seems to be broken into two groups: male and female; public and private; assailant and target. Eager to escape, the girls seek refuge in Bella’s greenhouse, a free zone where their imaginations run wild and their talents can flourish.

Many People Die Like YouWolff, Lina. Many People Die Like You.

And Other Stories, 2020. ISBN 978-191150880.

An underemployed chef is pulled into the escalating violence of his neighbour’s makeshift porn channel. An elderly piano student is forced to flee her home village when word gets out that she’s had sex with her thirty-something teacher. A hose pumping cava through the maquette of a giant penis becomes a murder weapon in the hands of a disaffected housewife. In this collection from the winner of Sweden’s August Prize, Lina Wolff gleefully wrenches unpredictability from the suffocations of day-to-day life, shatters balances of power without warning, and strips her characters down to their strangest and most unstable selves. Wicked, discomfiting, delightful and wry, delivered with the deadly wit for which Wolff is known, Many People Die Like You presents the uneasy spectacle of people in solitude, and probes, with savage honesty, the choices we make when we believe no one is watching … or when we no longer care.

In the Vienna Woods the Trees RemainÅsbrink, Elisabeth. In the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain.

Other Press, 2020. ISBN 978-159051917.

Winner of the August Prize, the story of the complicated long-distance relationship between a Jewish child and his forlorn Viennese parents after he was sent to Sweden in 1939, and the unexpected friendship the boy developed with the future founder of IKEA, a Nazi activist.

They Will Drown in Their Mothers' TearsAnyuru, Johannes. They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears.

Two Lines, 2019. ISBN 978-193188389.

Winner of the 2017 August Prize. In the midst of a terrorist attack on a bookstore reading by Göran Loberg, a comic book artist famous for demeaning drawings of the prophet Mohammed, one of the attackers, a young woman, has a sudden premonition that something is wrong, changing the course of history. Two years later, this unnamed woman invites a famous writer to visit her in the criminal psychiatric clinic where she's living. She then shares with him an incredible story--she is a visitor from an alternate future.

The Polyglot LoversWolff, Lina. The Polyglot Lovers.

And Other Stories, 2019. ISBN 978-191150844.

Winner of the 2016 August Prize and the English Pen Award. Ellinor is thirty-six. She wears soft black sweatpants and a Michelin Man jacket. She fights. Smart and unsentimental, she tries her hand at online dating, only to be stranded by a snowstorm with a literary critic. Cut to Max Lamas, an author who dreams of a polyglot lover, a woman who will understand him in every tongue. His search takes him to Italy, where he befriends a marchesa whose old Roman family is on the brink of ruin. At the heart of this literary intrigue is a handwritten manuscript that leaves no one unaffected. The Polyglot Lovers is a fiercely witty and nuanced contribution to feminism in the #metoo era. Pleasure is an elusive thing, love even more so.

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.

A young mother and gangster's girlfriend is driven to the brink and learns how far she will go to survive on her own terms.

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.

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

House of Anansi, 2015. ISBN 9781770898806.

Magnus Bartas and Fredrik Ekman 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.

The Black CurveHillarp, Rut. The Black Curve.

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

The Black Curve is the story of a love affair by Sweden great modernist eroticist.

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

Portobello Books, 2015. ISBN 1846275644.

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.