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Bok Klubb: War Diaries 1939-1945

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Bok Klubb: War Diaries 1939-1945

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Apr 28, 3:00 PM

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To be discussed this month  is War  Diaries 1939-1945 Personal Diaries of A. Lindgren. These personal diaries kept by Astrid Lindgren, author of the world famous Pippi Longstocking books, chronicle the horrors of World War II.   Before she became internationally known for her Pippi Longstocking books, Astrid Lindgren was an aspiring author living in Stockholm with  her family at the outbreak of the Second World War. The diaries she kept  throughout the hostilities offer a civilian's, a mother's, and an  aspiring writer’s unique account of the devastating conflict. She  emerges as a morally courageous critic of violence and war, as well as a  deeply sensitive and astute observer of world affairs. We hear her  thoughts about rationing, blackouts, the Soviet invasion of Finland, and  the nature of evil, as well as of her personal heartbreaks, financial  struggles, and trials as a mother and writer.    Posthumously  published in Sweden to great international acclaim, these diaries were  called in the Swedish press an “unparalleled war narrative,”  “unprecedented.” and a “shocking history lesson.” Illustrated with  family photographs, newspaper clippings, and facsimile pages, Lindgren’s  diaries provide an intensely personal and vivid account of Europe  during the war. (Summary from Amazon.com)