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Literally Reruns – Elsa by Tobias Haglund

Another one from Leila Allison and this time it is by lovely Tobias . This is what she said:

I have selected a story I remember from four years ago, Elsa, by early LS mainstay, Tobias Haglund. I wanted to see if it had grown or, at very least, retained its freshness. Sometimes a piece will mildew from neglect, but this was not the case with Elsa.

A couple of questions arose in my mind after reading the story again. Then I thought, “Well, why not just ask Mr. Haglund about it?” Initially, I was suspicious of this advice from within because it is also the place where my bad ideas live. Upon further scrutiny, however, I have decided to give it a go.

LA: Elsa is a fine short story that surpasses the sum of its parts. I was wondering, did you actively select the imagery of the water droplets gathering into small streams then separating into divergent flows as a metaphor for Elsa’s situation, or was this imagery something that came about organically through the process of creating the story?

LA: Are there words in Swedish that have no match in English? Words whose subtlety are lost in translation?

Leila Allison




In spite of the birth of a beautiful new daughter Tobias found time to respond:

Yes. I often stand in the shower and think about life. Once I saw how the water streamed down along the inside of the shower door and somehow two streams ran down next to each other but never connected. I had the story about a woman feeling forced to move with her boyfriend/husband already, and I connected the metaphor to their situation. The bf/husband doesn’t hear her doubts. In a way it felt like to rivers going through a landscape but never arriving at the same sea.
Yes! Definitely.  I love to write and I love the English language. But it is frustrating to write in a second language. I feel limited and now I haven’t written anything in English for a long time, unfortunately.

2 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – Elsa by Tobias Haglund”

  1. The Q & A is a nice addition. Good story selection from Leila, as always. Tobias’ ability to write in a second language is amazing. I speak French pretty well, but write it at probably the second grade level. On a good day.

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  2. Hi Leila,
    Excellent choice as always.
    Mr Haglund is our benchmark when it comes to ESL writers and they really do have something to live up to – As do we all when comparing his work!!


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