Spring 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 2 Translation FolioApril 4, 2023 |

Notes on “The Scream”

Sketch 2367 I walked along the road with two friends — then {I walked} the sun set Suddenly bloodred Skies  — and I felt as a gasp of melancholy  — a sucking pain under the heart —  I stopped, leaned against the fence, tired as death — over the blue-black fjord and city hovered blood ‹in› blazes My friends walked on and I stood lone, quivering with anxiety —  and I felt coursing through nature a gre{a}t unending shri{e}k Tegning 2367 (1892)On drawing paper Note 69 One evening I walked along a road with On one side the city and fjord —   — The Sun set — the Skies . . . I was weary and ill — I stood staring out over the fjord —  and let my friends walk on. The sun set — and the air — hued red — as blood —   — I felt a shriek — pass nature — I nature — I felt I heard a shriek —   — I painted this painting — I painted the air

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Photo of Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch (1863–1944) was a Norwegian artist whose best-known motif, The Scream (Skrik, 1893), ranks among the world’s most recognizable artworks.

Photo licensed under CC BY 4.0 and cropped from original.
Photo of Eirill Falck

Eirill Falck is a Norwegian-born writer and translator. She is a co-founder of MQR: Mixtape, an imprint of Michigan Quarterly Review. Her work has been recognized with an Iowa Arts Fellowship and a Zell Fellowship, and with the John Wagner Prize and the Hopwood Award. She collects screams. If you would like her to listen to your scream, you can leave her a voice-mail message at (424) 226-6734.

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