Lidman, Sara

Lidman, Sara

(sä`rä lēd`män), 1923–2004, Swedish writer. Her novels The Tar Still (1953), Cloudberry Land (1955), and The Rain Bird (1958, tr. 1962), treating rural life in N Sweden, established her reputation as a major writer. After traveling in Africa in 1960, she wrote My Son and I (1961) and With Five Diamonds (1964); a later visit to North Vietman brought Conversations in Hanoi (1966), a work of reportage. Returning to Norrland, she wrote another novel series, including Thy Servant Is Listening (1977), The Iron Crown (1985), and Naboth's Stone (1989).
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Lidman, Sara


Born Dec. 30, 1923, in Missenträsk, the province of Västerbotten. Swedish writer. Daughter of a peasant.

Lidman’s first novel was The Tar Still (1953). In the play Aina (staged in 1956), Lidman described the social contradictions in bourgeois Sweden. In her novels of peasant life Cloudberry Land (1955), The Rain Bird (1958), and others she dealt with the subject of the woman’s position in bourgeois society. After a trip to the Republic of South Africa in 1960–61, Lidman published the novels I and My Son (1961; translated into Russian in 1962), With Five Diamonds (1964), and others about the African national liberation movement. She is the author of the collection of newspaper articles Conversations in Hanoi (1966). She has published the play Marta, Marta (1970).


Bära mistel. Stockholm, 1960.
In Russian translation:
“Okovy na serdtse.” Za rubezhom, 1961, no. 15.
”Afrika—eto delo sovesti kazhdogo.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1962, no. 10.
“Rudnik.” Ibid. 1969, no. 5.


Fish, G. “V’tikhoi Shvetsii’.” Literaturnaia gazeta, June 2, 1971.
Runnquist, Å. Moderna svenska författare, 1930–1940–1950. Stockholm, 1959.
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