Inferno

Yesterday I devoured my mentor Fabian Göransons adaptation of Strindbergs Inferno. I was intrigued and fascinated by herr Strindberg in a totally new way.

Coming from a background in drama/theater I only knew Strindberg through his plays (Fröken Julie, Fadren, Ett Drömspel…). He is a magnificent play-write and I loved working with his texts back in the day, but I had no real perception of him as a person. To me he was simply the words of his plays.

Now, reading Inferno, I find a connection not only to occultism, but to Emanuel Swedenborg of all people!

I was practically brought up in the Swedenborg church (the lords new church, a reformed christian church based on the writings of  Swedenborg). My grandfather, Olle Hjern, is a preacher of the church (and writer of Swedenborg-literature) and throughout my childhood we had our family gatherings at the Sunday service in his church.

I totally had no idea that occultism and Strindberg were linked to Swedenborg! I kind of just stored the whole Swedenborg-thing away as boring grown-ups-stuff. Monotonous preachings and excerpts from the bible (“… så som det står skrivet. i Lukas evangelium.”) while me and my cousins snuck away to play hide-n-seek in the back rooms of the church.

Shame on me! Time to go search through my spiritual heritage.

Swedenborg and Strindberg, here I come!

(and did you know that Strindberg was married to Frida Uhl?! Thats almost Frida Ulvegren! It’s a sign, it has to be a sign!)

3 thoughts on “Inferno

  1. Wow! Är du uppvuxen i ett ockult hem?? Va i helvete? Frida, du var redan cool för att du röker de där cigarillerna och tecknar serier och så, men nu jävlar, nu är du inte bara cool, jag utnämner dig härmed till to cool for school! Det coolaste man kan vara!

    • Hehe, ja… Mamma och pappa träffades för att de var med i samma sekt… Jag kommer från en sökarfamilj.
      Mamma blev häxa efter skillsmässan, det var ball.
      Nu är hon kristen, men funderar på att lämna kyrkan eftersom hon får utslag av korset hon har runt halsen (trots att det är äkta guld! Jesus vet att hon har fifflat med mörka krafter! o_0) (obs: skämt)

      Morfar är både Swedenborgare och Frimurare. Pappa var också murare men har genom livet testat typ varenda religion som finns. Muslim, buddhist, kristen, sanyassin, u name it, he’s done it.
      Nu vete fasen vad han är… inte en stabil del av mitt liv i alla fall, haha, deeet vet jag med säääkerhet! (gråt-skrattar)

      Bah, screw it. Jag tröstar mig med att jag är 2 cool 4 school. Det är faktiskt det coolaste man kan vara. ^_^

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