Born June 14, 1897, in Uppsala; died there Sept. 10, 1968. Swedish writer.
Fridegård wrote carefully plotted realistic works dealing with the life of the working people, especially the life of statare, or landless tenant farmers. His most important work is a trilogy about the life of the Swedish working people during the 1920’s and 1930’s; the volumes are entitled I, Lars Hård (1935), Thanks for the Heavenly Ladders (1936), and Charity (1936). Also noteworthy are his collection of short stories From and Hård (1956; Russian translation, 1958) and his autobiographical trilogy consisting of Wandering Lights (1955), Migratory Birds (1956), and The Inheritors (1957). Antimilitarism characterizes the cycle of novels that includes Swedish Soldier (1959), Eastward, Soldier! (1961), and The Return (1963). Fridegård published two books of memoirs: On the Horns of the Bull (1964) and Lazybones (1965).
WORKSIn Russian translation:
“Stogsolomy.” Zvezda, 1959, no. 8.
“Tsena poezii: Nezvanyi gost’.” In the collection Shvedskaia novella XlX-XX vv. Moscow, 1964.
REFERENCESIur’eva, L. (L. Braude). “Rasskazy lana Fridegorda.” Zvezda, 1959, no. 6.
Gamby, E. Jan Fridegård. Stockholm, 1956.
En bok omJan Fridegård. Uppsala, 1957.
Schön, Ebbe. Jan Fridegård ochforntiden. Uppsala, 1973.
L. IU. BRAUDE