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War Diaries, 1939-1945


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Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was a Swedish writer best known for her Pippi Longstocking series. Her books have been translated into 97 languages and have sold approximately 150,000,000 copies worldwide.


"'Laden with sadness and dismay, ' the diaries show everything from Lindgren's horror at the deportation of 1,000 Norwegian Jews to Poland--'it is diabolical!'--to her personal heartbreak after a marriage crisis."--Guardian
"As a writer, Lindgren was no navel-gazer given to mooning about her feelings, nor as a civilian was she proximate to powerful people pulling the levers of history. She was, however, a vivid observer of domestic affairs and geopolitics who, as her books for children would prove, was keenly alive to life's vagaries. . . . Sensitive and wide-ranging, the diaries of the future author of the 'Pippi Longstocking' books offer a rare Scandinavian perspective on the catastrophe. . . . Fresh and intelligent."--Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal
"A compelling and well-researched narrative full of passion and a constant yearning for peace and change. Lindgren's diary is detailed, informative, and incredibly engaging."--Library Journal (starred review)
"A bystander's unillusioned record of a war-ravaged, refugee-strewn world resonates these days. And Lindgren's bracing testimony sheds unexpected light on outlandish Pippi after all. . . . As a child born of a war-haunted imagination, Pippi and her zany gumption make perfect sense."--Ann Hulbert, The Atlantic
"Provide[s] an intensely personal and vivid account of Europe during the war."--Fallon Willoughby, Daily News (Bowling Green, KY)
"The newly published 1939-1945 diaries of the globally acclaimed children's book author offer fresh insights into war-time Sweden and into the life of the not-yet-famous Astrid Lindgren."--Radio Sweden
"A fascinating time-machine. 'Then' becomes 'now.'"--Per Svensson, Sydsvenska Dagbladet
"This is a breath-taking read."--Barbara M ller, Die Welt
"This is a fascinating, engrossing, and wholly unique account of a young writer's attempts to make sense of World War II, from the local concerns of food rationing and the well-being of her children to the larger theatre of war unfolding in Europe, Africa, and Asia."--Morten H i Jensen

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