Thursday, May 21, 2015

Astrid Lindgren | book about Pippi Longstocking – Göteborgs-Posten


Astrid Lindgren

The book about Pippi Longstocking

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Pippi Longstocking is loving, caring, inventive. But also socially insecure and shitty. Ingrid Bosseldal reading the recently published book about Pippi Longstocking and celebrating a very strong 70-year-old.

The third book about Pippi Longstocking ( Pippi in the South Seas 1948) ends with a prediction:

“The stars shone over Villa Villekulla roof. In there was Pippi. She would be there perpetually. It was wonderful to think about. The years would go, but Pippi and Tommy and Annika would not be great. “

It does not matter that she turns 70 today and that children, Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin, who named her and the his eleven anniversary received the very first recorded the script, now fills 81 years. Squiggle The pills worked. Pippi and her two friends are still children. And Pippi is still in the same tender – not to say anything superior to tender – opposition to the adult world. The one in which it has “a bunch of tedious work,” “silly clothes and corns and kumminalskat” and is so full of superstition and nonsense to think that those who happen to stick the knife in the mouth will be affected by a major accident.

The books about Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren texts and Ingrid Vang Nyman’s illustrations are and do many things. And can be read and is read in so many ways. They play with words, makes breathtaking compilations, operates with cliches, the revolt and releases, they signal a new era, they tell a story of the Swedish welfare state (the suitcase as a metaphor for the social security system, Villekulla as part of owner-occupied housing movement and Pippi obändighet as a resistance to the social engineering is the worst prussiluskor), the driving of totalitarianism, the honors dreams and, perhaps not least, they are extremely strong on the children’s side.

The grant of the first book about Pippi tells of a very lonely nine year old, whose father disappeared in a shipwreck and whose mother died when she was just a tiny little kid. But quickly transform solitude of something good, and you hear Pippi self EKA miss parents are quite nice because then it is no nagging about add times or come with cod liver oil when you’re craving for sweets. Same with the zoom out of the final book in the trilogy: “She … she looks so lonely in some way, said Annika and trembling little voice. / … / If she wanted to look this way, we would wave at her, said Tommy. “

Well, it’s there, all the time, in the Fund: Pippi missing something. Or as Charlotta Ödman put it in his book Please, wild child (2007):

“Pippi, all children who are forced to be superhuman strong”.

On another way one can put it like Pippi’s intention terms positive. She is not crying over dead parents, without feeling that just her mom and dad are special: the angel and south sea king (as it is called in this year’s new edition, The book about Pippi Longstocking , where the n-word, after years of debate have been replaced with the prefix “South Sea”). She can stretch their long legs and exclaim, “What it still is wonderful to live,” and she knows, somewhere in the depths of his young soul, what is important in life: small gifts with iridescent stems, excursions with a packed lunch, the ability to think himself. She may, with absolute sovereignty, explain to Annika that there is no problem for her to win against the world’s strongest man, she is the world’s strongest girl.

How can a patriarchy wrestle down.

With the same straightforwardness restores Pippi the schoolchildren who banished to skämskön in school because they do not know which year Charles XII died. She – like Maria Gripe Hugo – sends questions back to Miss, relativize the knowledge that the school can make that vital and is with his whole person an example of the opposite. She is loving, caring, inventive. But also socially insecure and shitty. It is not only fun, or rather not funny at all, when she runs with the girl asking for her father (Does he have blue eyes? Black hat and black shoes? And when the girl eagerly nodded in agreement: “No, it has not seen” ). Nor when she first meeting with Tommy, who asks why she goes backwards, responds: “We do not live in a free country, perhaps? Must not go the way you want? “. There is more to it tykna, than the fun.

But this is not Pippi modeled on something simple and exemplary. On the contrary. When she evey home of Tommy and Annika tried cheek kissing the fine ladies, conversed in good faith and dipped his face in gräddtårtan it is not with a sense of indomitable self-confidence as she walks back home after almost have been run on the port. On the contrary, she cries. But she do not bow your neck and on your way out she continues speak. She does what she can. That frightful story of the maid Malin who smashed so much china and that really is a response to the nice ladies lament over his domestics, do not go to silence. In that case, she would be humbled. And she is not. There she becomes never.

And where breaks her land for the Astrid Lindgren later formulated as a fundamental piece of advice: Give the kids love, more love and more love, so will People wits by itself.


The book about Pippi Longstocking contains most of Pippi’s adventures previously published in the three books Pippi Longstocking (1945), Pippi Longstocking board (1946) and Pippi in the South Seas (1948). To the 70 anniversary of Pippi’s “birth”, the book has been provided with revised and restored color images.

Ingrid Bosseldal is a teacher and writer on cultural and participates regularly at the GP of Culture. Reviewed the latest much my David Sprengel. Anna Branting’s letter to David Sprengel (editor: Lisbeth Larsson ).


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