Carefree childhood in Vimmerby
It is perhaps precisely the trials of life, failures, complications and falls that can lead us later to the greatest successes. Before Astrid Lindgren premiered her magnum opus in the form of the extravagant, red-haired Pipilomón Citrónia Cimprlíny Mucholapky Long low, she too went through several difficult stages in her life.
It all started in the Swedish town of Vimmerby, where Astrid, then still Ericsson, was born on November 14, 1907. The town later became a model for the fictional Bullerbyn. She comes from a modern and liberal family, her father Samuel August was a farmer and her mother Hanna took care of the farm and the children. Astrid and her siblings spent their early childhood more or less carefree. The parents would not have resorted to wrongful killings and disproportionate punishments against the children.
Even the relationship between the parents was not problematic, which Astrid sang enough of later through her books. The children were brought up to work hard and take on responsibilities on the Näs farm, and a supportive and liberal upbringing was just a bonus in their favor. So where are the complications and difficulties that the author has gone through? It will also be their turn.
Astrid Lindgren had spent her early childhood carefree, but the first rebellions began to come with puberty. However, the Children’s Rebellion in the 20th century of the last century did not mean what the term Children’s Rebellion means today. Astrid didn’t spray on buildings, swear at teachers, get illegally drunk at dodgy businesses, or even post stupid videos on TikTok. After all, how could she. Young Astrid was simply not the most diligent student, she cut her hair for a short time, fell in love with jazz and loved to spend her time dancing. Rebel every inch.
Astrid intended to take matters into her own hands and become a strong, empowered woman, so at the age of sixteen she started writing for the local newspaper. It was at a time of lush youth, when the character of a young man was formed, that the first snag came. Coincidentally, it was the biggest. The love plot, which the children’s book author retrospectively described as “a big mistake”, affected Astrid’s life far more intensely than the then 18-year-old could ever admit. Astrid became pregnant by a colleague who was married at the time and already had two children.
But the year was 1926, and at that time it was just an anomaly, which was commonly answered with contempt. That’s why 18-year-old Astrid left home and traveled via Stockholm to Copenhagen, where her son Lars was born on December 4. She was forced to put him in foster care, which didn’t mean she would dishonor her son. After an exhausting time, she needed to hit somewhere and start again. She returned to Stockholm, where she found a new job and a new lover. Sture’s frontman Lindgren dazzled Astrid and impressed her. Unfortunately, he was also married, but because of Astrid, he decided to give up his current wife and replace her with a hitherto unknown talented writer.
The wedding took place in 1931, after which the Lindgren newlyweds immediately married their son Lars. This is how the life of a young girl somehow turned out in the first half of the 20th century, when two married men and an unexpected childbirth entered her life. Three years later, Astrid was born, now on purpose, a daughter Karin, and all the difficulties so far have been overshadowed by a wave of happiness.
Astrid Lindgren’s most iconic character, Pee Long Stocking, was born out of fictional stories and fairy tales the author told her daughter. So many of them piled up later that in 1944 Lindgren decided to give them a form and give his daughter on her tenth birthday a book full of stories of her favorite character.
However, the controversial book nearly sparked a civil war between children and adults. The kids, of course, loved the stories of a red-haired girl who lives with a horse and a monkey in an abandoned villa, sleeps with her feet up on a pillow, and has a suitcase full of gold. On the other hand, parents, singers and adults did not understand the story of the young rebel and considered it inappropriate with regard to education. He would have gone against common sense. “Give children love, more love and more love, and common sense will come of itself.” Astrid Lindgren replied
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But it wasn’t just children’s books that Astrid Lindgren appealed to audiences. They were also his opinions, his attitudes and his public statements. When she protested against mass breeding in the 1980s, and it is clear that at that time it was not yet a trend, she uttered a memorable sentence: “Every pig has the right to a happy pig’s life.” Lindgren also opposed Sweden’s joining the European Union and later lobbied for fair treatment of refugees. The bogeyman of the Swedish tax system is the satirical tale about the money-mania princess, written by Lindgren after she received taxes on 102% of her income in 1976. And what is such an innocent satirical tale could actually accomplish? For example, the fact that financial policy and fiscal pressure became the main subject of the forthcoming elections, after which the Social Democrats had to leave their seat in government after 44 years.
For the vast majority of the public, however, she was still primarily a popular writer of children’s books. Pipi was later joined by other popular titles, including stories Detective Blomkvista, Emile Neplechy, Ronja, the thief’s daughters whose Children of Bullerbyn. Often these weren’t hilarious stories, the author often tackled the themes of death or loneliness in his books. Astrid Lindgren has become a world-renowned and respected children’s writer, and literally thousands of her books have disappeared from the shelves. Over 150 million copies have been sold worldwide.