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Saskia Vogel

Portrait of translator Saskia Vogel
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Saskia Vogel

Saskia Vogel is a writer and Swedish-to-English translator from Los Angeles. Permission, her debut novel, was published in five languages in 2019. Her translations include work by Lina Wolff, Lena Andersson, Karolina Ramqvist, and the Modernist eroticist Rut Hillarp. In 2016 she received an honorable mention from the Pushcart Prize for her story “Sluts,” published by the Offing. Her translations and other work can be found in publications such as the White Review, the Paris Review DailyGranta, and Guernica. Previously, she worked as Granta magazine’s publicist and as an editor at the AVN Media Network, where she reported on the business of pornography and adult pleasure products. Visit her website here.

Articles by Saskia Vogel

A close-up of a threaded needle
Photo by Sunbeam Photography on Unsplash
Throwing Voices
By Linnea Axelsson
With this needle she can create anew what would otherwise disappear.
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel
An Interview with Linnea Axelsson
By Saskia Vogel
Saskia Vogel, guest editor of WWB’s March 2019 issue of Swedish-language writing, spoke with Linnea Axelsson about her August Prize-winning epic poem, Ædnan, which appears in the issue in Vogel’s translation.…
Who Dreams of Us?: New Swedish-Language Writing
By Saskia Vogel
Whose story gets to be told?
Two people walk through the snow with the sun rising behind mountains in the distance
Tadeáš Gregor, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
From “Aednan”
By Linnea Axelsson
What kind of home is it / where no one dares say / our son’s name
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel
By Mara Lee
He squinted at me, swaying in the wind. Blood or soil, he asked.
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel
Event Horizon
By Balsam Karam
The sun rose over the mountaintop in a blaze of blue and green and so the day began.
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel & Alice Olsson
Kopparberg Road 20
By Mathias Rosenlund
When you’ve always worked for a low wage, getting a higher wage is a challenge.
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel
By Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo & Catherine Anyango Grünewald
It's almost impossible to get in, but getting kicked out is easy.
Translated by Saskia Vogel
From “The Memory of a Secret”
By Ester Roxberg
What do we know about our parents?
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel
Just Be: On Jessica Schiefauer’s “The Boys”
By Saskia Vogel
As a pre-teen in Southern California, I was terrified of the day I would have to wear a bra. As soon as you wore one, the boys would stalk you around school, sneak up behind you, and painfully snap the…
from “The Boys”
By Jessica Schiefauer
“Let us make a pact, gentlemen. Let us brew a Magical Potion and drink together.
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel
The Secret of Frequency A: An Incredible Disaster
The Secret of Frequency A is another example of the “North Korea as world savior” genre of comic books. North Korea has been active in Africa for decades, unbeknownst to the typical American (you can…
Translated by Saskia Vogel