The first book about Karlsson is released, Karlsson-on-the-roof.

Read About Karlsson in the Soviet Union.



Karlsson in the Soviet Union


The Soviet Union printed an edition of 115.000 copies of Karlsson-on-the-roof. This copy has later been followed by a total of 60 different editions. Astrid Lindgren’s books in Russian has sold more than 10 millions copies, much thanks to Karlsson-on-the-roof which here is the far most loved of the Astrid Lindgren characters.


“Astrid Lindgren is one out of very few Swedish people in general in Russia knows about, the cab driver talks about her and expressions from her books – as a ‘fairly chubby man in his prime years’ and ‘Easy, just easy now’ – has flown in the Russian sayings.”


excerpt from the Swedish book “Astrid Lindgren – en levnadsteckning” by Margareta Strömstedt.

(freely “Astrid Lindgren – a biography” by Margareta Strömstedt.)



  Karlsson-On-The-Roof circulates Stockholm City

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Karlsson, Carlsson and the Bible


Two books can be found according to Boris Pankin, ambassador in Stockholm, in most Russian homes – the bible and Karlsson-on-the-roof.


People in the centrally controlled and censured Soviet loves the thought of what wonderful unfit impudence that comes out the mouth on this ‘fairly chubby man in his prime years’. Not strange that Sweden’s former Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson on a visit to Moscow was told that ‘he is the wrong Karlsson’.




The Year 1955 Hannah and Samuel August been married for 50 Years






Rasmus and the Vagabond releases

Deutscher Jugendbuchpreis, Sonderpreis (German Prize for Children's Books, Special Award) for Mio, My Son.





The Swedish State Award for Writers of High Literary Standard - Astrid Lindgren is the first children's literature author to receive this award.





Astrid Lindgren receives the H C Andersen Medal, the worlds leading International Children's Books Award, for Rasmus and the Vagabond for the same book, she also received the Boys' Club of America Junior Book Award.


Her daughter Karin marries.





Fairytale Collection Sunnangäng releases.


New York Herald Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival Award for Sia lives on Kilimanjaro.





Mardie is published.


“ – Is Mardie little of Astrid?”

“- Well, it is always hard to say what’s pieces of myself. I do not have any feeling of that’s so. Mardie is more for me like the girl named Mardie in my childhood.

Yes, it was my best friend then…my pal.”


from SVT:s “Astrid – hela världens sagofé”

freely(”Astrid – the whole world’s fairy godmother”



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This entire text is translated by Daniel Grahm


The Swedish text references are: "www.Astrid" and "Astrid Lindgren a biography" by M. Strömstedt

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