Stefan Schwarz was born in 1965, and is an experienced (i.e. several-time) husband and dedicated father. He writes columns, plays and material for TV. His readings have become mustsee events. Stefan Schwarz’s most recent publications were the successful novels Swinging Hips With Nancy (2010), This Might Hurt a Little (2012) and A Great Russian Lady (2014).
WHEN MEN DIDN’T DIE IN THEIR BEDS: THE (NEW) NORDIC SAGAS
Brave Siegfried a snooty and conceited old sod with a bad sense of humour? The lovely Kriemhild a bad bitch, and her brother Gunter a penny-pinching old git? Was Hagen a bold and clear-sighted statesman with overtly homo-erotic tendencies? Did a bad bank gamble away the Rheingold?
Freeing these famed sagas from their tortuously bardic style and homing in relentlessly on all the juicy details that many retellers of these stories studiously avoided, Stefan Schwarz’s brilliant repackaging of old Nordic legends is bursting with verve, sparkle and, well, dirt. Deploying his abundant wit and keen sense of irony, Schwarz’s texts are populated by many famous names from Nordic folklore. But they aren’t the undaunted heroes and beautiful damsels we’re used to. These figures are all too human: murky, bursting with life and unexpectedly easy to empathise with.
This book is ideal for anyone that needs to fill some embarrassing gaps in their literary knowledge but doesn’t want to fall asleep in the process. It’s a clever and entertaining reimagining of ancient sagas that brings them back to life in a stunningly accessible way. Even immortal stories live on only if they are retold anew.