Epic of the Afterlife
A Literary Approach to Swedenborg
By Olof Lagercrantz
Translated by Anders Hallengren
Olof Lagercrantz, one of Sweden's most illustrious writers, approaches Swedenborg's works on the spiritual realm as an epic poem about an unknown country, a utopia on the other side of the tomb, a vision of a great and worthy life. This is a work of praise from one writer to another. Read more
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As a poet and storyteller, Olof Lagercrantz approaches the works of Swedish scientist-turned-seer with the eyes of an artist, exploring the complex philosophy of one of Sweden’s most famous sons with curiosity and open wonder. Lagercrantz examines Swedenborg’s life, his experiences in heaven and hell, and writings about faith, the nature of the universe, and human relationships as works of literature, casting a new light on Swedenborg’s ideas that often differs from the usual theological interpretations.
About the Swedenborg Studies Series
Swedenborg Studies is a scholarly series published by the Swedenborg Foundation. The primary purpose of the series is to make materials available for understanding the life and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and the impact his thought has had on others. The Foundation undertakes to publish original studies and English translations and to republish primary sources that are otherwise difficult to access.