Biography of Sara Lidman (1923-2004)

Writer and Swedish political activist, born in Missentrask (the capital of Västerbotten County) on December 30, 1924 died in Umeå on June 18, 2004, which is considered one of the most prominent figures of the literature of his country.Both in his literary work as in their various activities in defense of the justice in the world, always showed his ethical commitment. He wrote most of his literary work in the dialect spoken in his native County.


He spent most of his life in Missentrask. He moved to Pitea to pursue his studies but finally had to graduate by correspondence, due to the economic situation of her family and her health problems, because Lidman had TB.

In 1960 he travelled to South Africa, where he maintained a relationship with a black man, which was supposed to violate the impositions of apartheid. Its author recognized status gave him absolution, something which the own Lidman described as "disgusting preferential treatment".

Committed to the student movement of 1968, his unyielding social conscience led him to abandon literature to devote himself entirely to his protest activities against the Viet Nam war and the imperialism of the United States. It was part, along with Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre and Noam Chomsky, of the Russell Tribunal, which in 1967 condemned the crimes committed by the United States in Indochina. In 1984 he said against the Almighty financial Bilderberg Group, when its members met in the Grand Hotel of Saltsjöbaden outside Stockholm.

In 1953 he received the annual award of literature for the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and in 1999 the Pilot prize.


He began his literary career in the 1950s and was published more than twenty novels. His first two books describe life in their small hometown environment: Tjärdalen (the still of tar, 1953), which was a success of sales, and Hjortronlandet (1955), which was his consecration in his country

Gruva, a documentary book published in 1968, Lidman denounced conditions working miners in Kiruna, and Jag och min are (1961) the atrocities of apartheid. Samtal i Hanoi (1966) brought together a series of interviews where condemned the American military intervention in Southeast Asia. Other of his works are Lifsens rot (the fall of life, 1996), Regngspiran (1958) and Bara mistel (1960).

He also published several newspaper articles discussions and essays on social and political issues as the oppression suffered by blacks in South Africa. Kropp och skall is the title of a collection of his texts on literary and social issues.