The Red Room
First published in 1879, it received mixed reviews in Sweden, but gave Strindberg the status of a genius in Denmark. The book built up his reputation through Scandinavia and is considered the first modern Swedish novel and gave him the acknowledgement as the founder of the genre.
The Red Room is a satire on life in Stockholm and the hypocrisy within it, and the reader will be able to see it through the eyes of Arvid Falk, a young man and Strindberg’s alter ego. Arvid and his bohemian friends experience society as less than ideal and that it’s often gainless to be honest. They all struggle to survive in their way of life and they meet regularly at Berns Salonger to discuss the duplicity and corruption within politics, journalism, publishing, theatre, philanthropy, and business.
Strindberg himself marketed the book heavily, since it was written during a period of his life when he was under huge financial pressure. It sold very well, 6 000 copies in just the first two years, and helped him to establish himself a writer to be taken seriously.
August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a Swedish writer, playwright and painter and is commonly seen as one of Sweden’s most important writers. Many of his works are considered to be classics within Swedish literature and his The Red Room (1879) has frequently been described as the first modern Swedish novel and Strindberg as the father of the genre.