WAR DIARIES 1939 – 1945

In May 2015 Astrid Lindgren’s War Diaries was released, just as she wrote them. A unique document from an ordinary person, who also happens to be one of the world’s most famous Swedes.

Throughout the war Astrid Lindgren keeps a diary in which she writes about daily life in Stockholm, what’s going on in the world and about Sweden’s actions. Her War Diaries constitutes a very personal account of how dramatic world events affect us all. The text is charged with sorrow and dread. This is written before Astrid Lindgren’s time as a world-renowned author; the first book about Pippi Longstocking was released at the end of the war – 1945.

Alongside Astrid Lindgren’s own notes, the diaries contain a great number of clippings from Swedish newspapers, to which she has added her comments. The book includes more than 70 facsimiles of diary pages as well as many previously unpublished family photographs from the 30s and 40s. Author Kerstin Ekman, who knew Astrid Lindgren, writes the foreword and Astrid’s daughter Karin Nyman writes the epilogue.

Astrid Lindgren’s books are an invaluable part of Scandinavian cultural heritage and are for ever reaching new readers and gaining importance around the world. What many do not know, is that she was anti-Nazi at an early stage, and that throughout her life she fought against war and violence. She was a convinced humanist and stood up for her opinions with courage, humour and love.

For more information, please contact:
Lina Talgre, Salikon Förlag AB & Saltkråkan AB, lina.talgre@saltkrakan.se, 0046 700 000 211,
Annika Lindgren, Salikon Förlag AB & Saltkråkan AB annika.lindgren@salikon.se, 0046 70-812 62 68
Cilla Nergårdh, Salikon Förlag AB, cilla.nergardh@salikon.se, +46 70 938 46 52

To the book shelf

Swedish title: Krigsdagböcker 1939-1945

Astrid Lindgren

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