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Lidman, Sara

Country/Region:
Sweden
Born:
December 30, 1923
Dead:
June 17, 2004
Genres:
Miscellaneous prose
Portrait image of Sara Lidman Photo: Ola Erikson / Forflex
Swedish author, born in Missenträsk in Västerbotten, where she grew up in a freeholder environment characterized by Christian values. In her teens, she contracted tuberculosis and was at times treated at a sanatorium. After studying by correspondence she graduated from high school as a private student in 1944, after which studies in Uppsala – English, French, and pedagogy – led to a Bachelor of Arts degree and to a teaching position in Småland. In the 50’s, she got involved in the Swedish peace movement and the action group against a Swedish nuclear weapon. On extensive travels in South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya her involvement became more radical: "I become a communist here", she noted in her diary. She became more and more aware of the economic and political oppression of the third world by the West. In the 60’s and 70’s, Sara Lidman appeared as one of the main figures in the leftist movement, not the least in the fight against the US warfare in Vietnam.

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