Sara Lidman

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.3.6: Swedish Writing and Culture.

Sara Lidman was born December 30, 1923, in a small village called Missenträsk in the region of Västerbotten. The milieu in which she was raised has left an indelible imprint upon her writing. Lidman’s family wrested its living from the land by tending livestock, growing crops, and working the forest. Modern luxuries like plumbing did not reach the village until several decades after Lidman’s birth. One day, a veterinarian’s wife came for a visit and Lidman could see in her eyes a note of disgust: “How can people live like this!” This experience resulted in an epiphany, a moment that created a sense of double vision. For a moment, Lidman could see her home through the judgmental eyes of the economically favored outsider. In …

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Brantly, Susan. "Sara Lidman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2010
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