Ingmar Bergman 100 years!

2018 is the year when Ingmar Bergman would have celebrated his 100 years birthday and it is honored in many parts of the country. He is considered Sweden’s biggest filmmaker and has inspired and touched many film lovers worldwide. Bergman’s films are almost exclusively set in Sweden and also specially on the island of Fårö north of Gotland. He produced around sixty films, over one hundred and seventy theater sets and wrote about hundreds of books and articles. Some of his most famous works are the films The Seventh Seal, Wild strawberries, Persona and the autobiography Laterna Magica.

 

Although it is within the film that Ingmar Bergman is most famous, he worked a lot within the theater where he put up several of the most famous writers and dramatics of literature, such as, for example, Strindberg, Ibsen, Shakespeare and Goethe.

For his last years, he lived at Fårö, quite isolated from the outside world, but this year it is time to put Bergman back in the spotlight.

In our showcases at the library entrance we have collected books on and off Bergman so make sure to borrow his autobiography or perhaps a drama like The best intentions or Fanny and Alexander!

Text and collage: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Bengt Wanselius (http://www.ingmarbergman.se)

Books about the good and / or evil nature of humans

In these days, with reports of atrocities from far and wide, it can be easy to think that the world is a bad place, that mankind is evil and that all hope is gone – but is it really so? In our display cabinets, we currently have an exhibition on the theme Humans – good or evil?.

A central book of the exhibition is The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Pilip Zimbardo. The book is divided into two parts and the first part is about Zimbardos study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard, often called the Stanford prison experiment. The second part of the book deals with the events that took place inside the Abu Ghraib-prison in 2004. Zimbardo writes that it doesn’t take much for a person to perform evil acts, but he also states that it takes as little for a person to be good or heroic. In this 23 minutes long presentation on TED.com you can listen to Zimbardon when he speaks on the subject.

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The exhibition contains books about human origins and development, good and evil. In addition, we have picked up several novels on the theme. You are free borrow the books in the glass cases, or look up one of our many e-books on these subjects. Here are some examples of e-books:

The question whether humanity is good or evil might not have an answer, maybe because the question is a bit black and white. But reading various theories and books that deal with these issues is one way to deal with the thoughts we get when the news about atrocities in the world never seems to end.

Text: Katharina Nordling