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Krigsdagböcker 1939-1945

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I maj 2015 är det 70 år sedan andra världskriget tog slut. Under hela kriget skriver Astrid Lindgren dagbok där hon berättar om vardagen i Stockholm, om det som händer i världen och om Sveriges agerande under kriget. Astrid Lindgrens krigsdagböcker är en mycket personlig skildring av hur dramatiska världshändelser påverkar oss alla. Texten är laddad med stor sorg och förfä ...more
Hardcover, First edition, 366 pages
Published April 2015 by Salikon Förlag
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, war
This is a remarkable collection of journal entries from the Swedish author of the popular children's books about Pippi Longstocking. Astrid Lindgren kept thoughtful and detailed journals during World War II, and included lots of newspaper clippings along with her personal writing. It was powerful to read her private comments on events of the war as they happened, and to see how it affected her. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII.

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Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"War Diaries, 1939-1945" by Astrid Lindgren documents the horror of World War II. For six years, Lindgren chronicled the devastation using newspaper clippings and personal insights gleaned from her state security work as a censor of military and private mail sent to, and coming from, other countries. Her ruminations about wartime conditions in occupied countries were meant to help her understand the terrible world conflict.

Although Sweden was in a perpetual state of "readiness", the Swedes lived
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Like most young girls, my introduction to Lindgren was via the Pippi Longstocking books. I have to admit, though, I prefer Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. I’m not sure why. Pippi has the horse after all. Despite my love for Pippi and Ronia, I do not know much about Lindgren’s personal life. The War Diaries, covering the years 1949-1945, go some way to correct that oversight.

The ARC I read notes that the diaries were a combination of newspaper clippings and Lindgren’s
As she was writing the Pipi series that made her famous, Astrid Lindgren was logging the war from the perspective of a working mother in neutral Sweden.

Along with a news summary from mostly Swedish sources (so not much on the Pacific theater), there are birthdays, Christmases. bike rides and report cards.

It's a quick read. It's 200+ pages have a lot of white space. There is a glossary of names and reproductions of two letters re: Pipi Longstocking. The Swedish edition is enriched by new clipping
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwi-ii, non-fiction
I loved Pippi Longstocking when I was young and am always interested in war diaries so this book was a must read for me. It was fascinating to read about WWII as events became known to the average citizen, especially from a Scandinavian perspective. The Swedes were more scared of the Russians than the Germans!
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
War Diaries 1939-1945 by Astrid Lindgren. I’ve read a number of WWII diaries and letters by women but none quite like this one. Lindgren is the author of Pippi Longstocking, one more famous books I haven’t read. The jacket blurb says that in these pages she “emerges as a morally courageous ciritic of violence and war, as well as a deeply sensitive and astute observer of world affairs.” I’m not sure I agree with that.

The book is based on 17 volumes of diaries Lindgren kept during the war years wh
Milena Widdowson
I adore Astrid Lindgren. Fact. Her books are like the book soundtrack to my younger years, when I would spend my summer holidays in Germany with my Omi and Opa. Each evening, my Omi would read to me until I fell asleep, sometimes for hours if a book was particularly engaging. Amongst the treasures she shared with me were the awesome Pippi Langstrumpf (Pippi Longstocking) and Die Kinder von Bullerbü series (The Noisy Village series). I really connected with the independence, joy and sense of adve ...more
A very informative book on what it was like to live in a neutral European country during WWII, as well as being a closer look at how Scandinavia fared in that war. Sweden was always on the edge of being occupied. Finland was invaded by Russia, Norway was invaded by Germany, and Denmark buckled under. Of the Scandinavian countries, only Sweden was permitted to remain undisturbed by Germany. But the author watched the news reports closely, and read correspondence across Europe in her government in ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of Astrid Lindgren's diaries that she wrote during the Second World War. They are remarkable account of the life in Sweden during the war, partly because Lindgren didn't have any background as writer. Entries are filled with little details of the world going crazy but they are also the story about one family through the war. I found it interesting how important part of the story food was; Lindgren never forgot to tell what was in need and how remarkably fortunate they w ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often read nonfiction about war, but The War Diaries of Astrid Lindgren offers you a very unique point of view on WW2 - in more cases that one.

First of all, it comes from Sweden. There's a well known saying that history is written by the winners; of course, the losing side has their own story. But what about the neutral countries? We barely hear testimonies from the silent spectators. The ones who let soldiers pass through their territories or forbid them from doing so. The ones who coll
Astrid Lindgren, the known author of Pippi Longstocking, wrote journals during WW2 where she described her day to day life. This book gives descriptions on her thoughts about the war through commenting political situations and by giving a remarkable perspective on how the war could be experienced by a Swede. A country without direct participation in the war, but which was definitely marked by the war and let in thousands of refugees. Lindgren shares her thoughts on the country’s role in the war ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
It was interesting to learn about the life in Sweden during the war and also to learn more about Astrid Lindgren's life. ...more
I checked this out of the library around this time last year and couldn't finish it because the thought of world war was a little too much.

You might enjoy this if you're a big World War II fan, as I was as a child. It's a very specific perspective, from someone living in one of the few European countries that managed to remain neutral through the whole conflict. It's intriguing to see how an account of different conflicts (the Winter War between Finland and Russia, the pogroms in Romania) gradua
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Oct 14, 2015 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of lindgrens work, anybody interested in the social history aspects of WW2
I'm not into rating stuff like autobiographies, memoirs, letters or diaries. At least, I'm mostly not comfortable doing it. Because it always feels like rating someone's life...

Anyway. This was a very interesting, but quite short read. I haven't found out so far, how stronly these diaries were edited before publishing. At some points it felt like huge chunks were missing, at others it felt like every single bit was included. But of course that is hard to tell with diaries again.
When I started th
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A world gone mad indeed. I found this a useful read to see the war from Lindgren's perspective and to appreciate it from a non-British point of view. It helped to see just how truly global it was. With the current wave of hugely damaging and dangerous English nationalism whipped up by the Brexiteers you'd think it was soley Britain V Germany on the battlefields of France - so good to get a Swedish perspective.

I'm trying to prepare myself for the difficult days ahead and this helped show how tou
Zoe Hall
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway a few months back so thank you for sending me a copy of this book.

This book takes an intimate look at World War II from the perspective of a family. It offers some interesting and personal insights into a world being devestated by war.

An interesting read, I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in this era.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diaries are rather difficult to review, but this a very readable book and its author is very relatable to. Astrid Lindgren stares forlornly from the cover, pulling the reader in and one can’t help but wonder her thoughts. Karin Nyman, Astrid Lindgren’s daughter in her foreword explains how her mother had been determined to document the war from which Sweden remained neutral, but which raged around them on all sides. She remembers seeing her mother scribbling in her notebooks cutting out things f ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I'm not a World War II buff but when I do read about the period I like learning about everyday people and what it was like to live at the time. Troop movements, negotiations between allies? Enh. But give me diaries and letters by those on the homefront and I am there.

Lindgren's account is a very specific and detailed view of the war from neutral Sweden, a fact that helps it transcend narratives I've read before. Instead of being stuck in London for the Blitz or tied to a German account of of the
Margaret Sankey
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Before she wrote Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren was a Swedish civilian, journalist, mother and observer of the events unfolding in neighboring Finland and Poland. Her diaries, reproduced here, are striking observations about living in a neutral country during WWII, fear of the war spilling over into Sweden, rationing, raising children while the world seemed to unravel and her (for the 1930s) scandalous marriage.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brilliant. Astrid Lindgren proves once again what a great author she is. I enjoyed every page.
Juli Rahel
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a period during my childhood Pipp Longstockings, or, as I knew her, Pippi Langstrumpf, was who I wanted to be. Fearless and free, with an imagination to match her will, she was a wonder to behold. Astrid Lindgren also gifted me Michel aus Lönneberga, Mio, mein Mio, Wir Kinder aus Bullerbü and Ronja Räubertochter. It actually wasn't until writing this review that I realised just how much Astrid Lindgren influenced my childhood through her magical works. Especially Mio, mein Mio became a quick ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the New York Times Review editors (I think the crime editor, Marilyn Stasio) mentioned that she was reading this book. Yes, there are military/war history books, but she is interested in the average person living under war. So, Astrid Lindgren, Swedish, author of the popular children's books, Pippi Longstocking. Some quotes:

p.29 - 2 January 1940 - As the New Year bells rang in 1940, some of our northern poets read their work on the radio. All the Nordic countries were represented, but I d
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely excellent depiction of what it was like to live in Sweden during the difficult years of World War II. It was so interesting to hear of the struggles that the Swedish people experienced, and Astrid in particular, while being a "neutral" country with the war raging all around them.

I really felt that I knew Astrid by the end of this book. She became a contemporary. A friend. I actually wish I could ring her up on the phone to see how she feels about the craziness of today's political
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War Diaries are the personal reflections of Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, the famous children's book. She was, in fact, working on the manuscript while keeping this diary. Begun on the 1st of September as war broke out, they trace the entire period and provide a fascinating picture of what ordinary life was like, especially as Sweden was a neutral country and life there did, in fact, remain ordinary. This is especially obvious as the diaries often talk of birthday parties, Chris ...more
Emma Larsson

It took me far longer to read this book than I thought it would - two years! Mainly because I took big breaks from it, for a lot of different reasons. But I never felt that it was boring and never pondered to quit it. I desperately wanted to take in every word, look closely at every picture and really get into the mind of a woman living a rather privileged life in the middle of the second world war. Maybe that's why it took me such a long time to read it through - I didn't want to accidentally s
Urtė Leškutė
First I watched Swedish movie about the youth of Astrid Lindgren "Becoming Astrid" (I'd recommend to watch it too. It's really good and sensual). After that I started to read the diaries of this writer for children. I agree with other people who wrote comments about this book, that it is truly difficult to write about so personal stuff like diary. Diary is not written to impress readers, nor to earn money but just for yourself or maybe for those who will live (like in Astrid Lindgren book). It's ...more
Lindgren's diary, which she kept to make sense (if that's possible!) of the war, is especially interesting to read now. Since she lived in neutral Sweden, she wasn't being directly impacted by the war (or at least not at all to the extent most Europeans are), but she's still living through watching the world implode all about her. The diary is a full of those concerns and also the ones that may seem petty but are still there.

I wish the English edition would have kept all the news clippings that
Mary Cutter
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that I was so glad to have read... Written by Astrid Lindgren, author of my favorite childhood book, Pippi Longstocking! Mostly written in a matter-of-fact way the diary entries give readers a sense of the enormity of World War II, and how many nations had been affected. It also adds to the history and understanding of some of the madness of the time. Working as a correspondence censor, Astrid must have been aware of so much more that she could not share in her diary. I loved how ...more
Dan Sumption
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography, europe
A fascinating contemporary account of the Second World War, through the diaries of a mother of two and censorship office employee in neutral Sweden. Lindgren's diaries focus mainly on describing the ongoing news of the war (informed both by the newspapers and by her access to many personal stories in the letters she had to read at the censorship office), but she also describes family life, the development of her two children, the food they ate (quite sumptuous despite ongoing rationing), and her ...more
Joy  Cagil
Astrid Lindgren’s diaries covering the years September 1939 to 1945 are her personal accounts of how World War II have affected her, her family and friends, and those nations who didn’t even enter the war. In these writings, Sweden is pictured in a unique position, always on alert of being about to enter the war yet holding back. For Sweden’s struggle not to enter the war has created hostility among the Norwegians and the other neighboring nations, although this writer expresses her sensitivitie ...more
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Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, (1907 - 2002) was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. She has sold roughly 165 million copies worldwide. Today, she is most remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking books, as well as the Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series.

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