Boys have so many books and so many characters to identify with, while girls don’t, so I heard so many sighs about the injustice of the world. I tried to oppose it, and especially Pipi hit me first. She is a girl, and how intrepid she is! All you have to do is grind a little west, or even better north, and you’ll find a few female characters who aren’t just interchangeable goofs from female novels. But Pipi is actually a fairy tale character because he has supernatural abilities, a counter-argument followed. Like Ronja, who lives in a fairy tale world… It’s hard to say whether a child’s soul makes such a strict distinction. Anyway, Pipi influenced me personally and I am very grateful to a few literary personalities. And I don’t seem to be alone. At the end of last month, Pipi celebrated 75 years since it was translated into seventy languages and sold more than sixty-six million copies worldwide. Pee has simply made a hole in the world.
The children of Bullerbyn, image of an ideal childhood that almost everyone would like to live; The roar of the roof, which annoyed me as a child with its selfishness and as an adult I love it for it; Madynka, a social novel for children, which I struggled to read to children through tears, but she read it to them several times and which, by the way, was censored in the post-revolutionary translation from the word socialist; Lionheart Brothers, a book that has helped many children cope with death; Rasmus the Wanderer, a story about children’s need to live in loving adults, not a child; or Emil’s books which show that a good heart is not the same as blind obedience; rightly famous Ronja, daughter of a thief; lesser known but no less great book We from the Island of Saltkrån… If I had read books by just one writer in my life, I might have chosen Astrid Lingren, whom I love uncritically – for her books, but also for her attitudes and because even at an advanced age she liked to climb trees. And that even as an adult, she hasn’t forgotten what it was like to be a child. This is what makes her a writer who can continue to win over readers. Each of his books deserves an admirable text, but today is reserved for the fearless, cheeky, yet compassionate and socially sensitive Pipi.
Pipi is not afraid, so we can admire him and hope that one day we will not be afraid either.
Pipi naturally encountered criticism at birth. Lindgren even had to rewrite the chapter in which Pee goes to school before the book was published (where she goes because she finds it unfair that when she doesn’t go to school she doesn’t have a vacation) . In the original version, Pipi was said to be too rude for the teacher. One can only imagine how liberal Swedish society was at that time, in any case, even the rewritten version is quite brave after seventy-five years in the Czech Republic. Pipi disturbs the order, calmly refuses to answer stupid questions, and is not ashamed of not being able to spell, an instrument of discipline used by the elites, helping us to break down the traumas accumulated since childhood.
Cops, robbers and posh mistresses
Pipi hates injustice and is very lucky to have two things that help her survive in a cruel world of power and money. She has more power than anyone else, and she is just as infinitely rich. However, this does not lead her to despise people who have not been as lucky as her, on the contrary, she will always defend them. He denies seeing older boys bullying a younger one, rescuing children from a burning house, but he also has compassion for the police officers who represent authority and order and want to take him to an orphanage where she could not live alone. At the end, he also gives them two gingerbread cookies, because in the end they are just cogs in the gears of the system, which Pipi doesn’t agree with, but he still has an understanding for specific people.
Similarly, with their approach, the two Polish thieves attempt to rob her as they know she has gold in her home. When he says goodbye to them, he puts a gold coin in each one’s hand. The evil thieves thus become above all people whose history we do not know, but thanks to Pippin’s last gesture, we can assume that they had a difficult life.
Pipi is less tolerant of affluent “best people” who exalt themselves above others. The commotion he causes at the party of his mother’s friends, Tomy and Anika, remains an elusive dream for me. In a coffee company, when the women of a better company slander their maids, Pipi sets up a mirror for them that I would like to go around the world with and put it in front of all the snobs. I would like to be like Pipi.
Charity and pink wool pants
The emancipatory motives contained in the book are endless. Pipi is not afraid, so we can admire him and hope that one day we will not be afraid either. Perhaps the most magical chapter in the book points out the limits of charity, which is not free. A wealthy old lady from the town where Pipi lives goes to school every year and examines the children. Those who answer his questions correctly will be rewarded not only for themselves but also for their brothers and sisters. Those who do not respond cry and are ashamed. Failing a quiz is a big shame. The children also try because many of them come from very bad conditions, so they would like to take something home. Pee comes in and breaks up all the action. Not only because of his impudence and the fact that he is not ashamed of his shortcomings, but especially because he shows that this type of charity is built on humiliation. In the end, Pipi richly rewards the children who failed the quiz and congratulates them on their talent.
However, his entry is not a charity that would demand gratitude and humility from the recipients. The gifts from the wealthy old benefactor included, in addition to sweets, less desirable things, such as the obligation to fetch disgusting soup when the child was too thin, or clothes, including, according to Pipi, pink trousers in unpleasant wool. When the children Pipi gives away want to thank them, our heroine responds with words that, even after seventy-five years, show how empowering this story is, and should be kept in mind by anyone who wants to do good. “Thank you, Pipi, you’re very nice,” they said. “Thank you for the money and the candy.” “It’s nothing, it’s nothing,” Pipi said. not to thank me for that. But don’t forget that I saved you some pink wool pants.”
The author is the publisher of the Alarm.