Erland Josephson is perhaps best known as an actor celebrated for his work in Ingmar Bergman films. But he is also a noted novelist: A Story about Mr. Silberstein is the fourth novel of the eight he has published so far. His first book to appear in English, it shows him to be a master of narrative form and style: inventive, witty, economical. Through the central figure of Emanuel Silberstein, the novel draws the reader into an exploration of identity and the futile attempt to define a self ""independent"" of others. With a sharp eye on the Swedish milieu, Josephson probes the roots of anti-Semitism and thus of prejudice and self-deception in general. He creates his characters with the help of a keen ear for dialogue and interior voices, and deploys them with the skill of one who has long experience in the theater. A Story about Mr. Silberstein is a moving saga about an unusual and unforgettable character. The translation by Roger Greenwald recreates the subtleties of Josephson's style with a light hand.
ERLAND JOSEPHSON has been widely acclaimed for his work as a stage and screen actor. He has had major roles in films by Ingmar Bergman (including the recent film Faithless), Andrei Tarkovsky, and other leading directors, has acted in stage productions by Bergman and by Peter Brook, and has served as Director of the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. He has had a parallel career as an author, having published 15 books, including eight novels and four highly praised volumes of memoirs. ROGER GREENWALD has published one volume of poems, Connecting Flight, and three volumes of poetry translated from Norwegian and Swedish. He has received several awards for his poetry and his translations, including the CBC Radio/Saturday Night Literary Award and the F. R. Scott, the Richard Wilbur, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation