Pushkin Press has acquired diaries written by Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren during the Second World War.
Publisher Adam Freudenheim bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the diaries from Saltkråkan AB, the family owned company that handles all of Lindgren’s rights.
The diaries were published this year in Sweden for the first time, and run from 1st September 1939 through to December 1945.
Lindgren writes “concisely and breezily and gives a fascinating picture of what is was like to live in neutral Sweden throughout the war as well as explaining her own views on developments in Sweden and throughout Europe during the war”.
Freudenheim said: “Astrid Lindgren’s War Diaries provide an absolutely fascinating insight into life in a neutral country during the Second World War – a largely unfamiliar perspective especially in Britain.
“These diaries would be fascinating even if they were by a complete unknown, but the fact that they cover the period when Lindgren was composing and finally publishing Pippi Longstocking, one of the most famous and widely translated children’s books of the 20th century, adds an extra layer of interest.”
Yale University Press will publish in the US and Canada, while translation rights have sold in nine languages so far.
Pushkin plans to publish in hardback in autumn 2016.
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