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Lotta Olsson: the Country that exists only in the past but make the present comprehensible

There are many reasons to pay attention to the details, and one of the most paradoxical is that the details can make it easier to see the big picture. In the new issue of the Swedish literary journal, the Province, which comes out today, is the theme Barndomslandet, a theme that is to consider the entire world through.

All adults have a relationship to the barndomslandet: the country that only exists in the past, full of isolated feelings. ”A distant dreamtime”, as the australian bilderbokskonstnären Shaun Tan calls it, in the excerpt from ”Stories from the inner city,” which exists in the Province.

barndomslandet sometimes seems to be easy to exotisera? You know: ”children are a people and they live in a foreign country”, as the Olle Adolphson song ”mysterious people”.

Beautiful song, but untrue. Children are people and they do not live at all in any other country, which you can ignore, they live in the here and now and what happens to them affects how they will become as adults.

But barndomslandet get a somewhat different connotation in the Province, where it becomes the countryside, the forest, the urban contemporary historical roots. In our time is remarkable number of novels that return to the countryside as if it were the past, to grope after that which has been forgotten or förträngts. As if it is walking to return in time by traveling to the countryside, which if not changed.

Several of the employees in the Province has its barndomsland in the northern half of Sweden, and several of them have left their barndomsland. Anna-Clara Tidholm is one of the few that moved in the other direction, a locals long live in Arbrå in Hälsingland. She is the artist presented in the Province this time, and the cover is one of her most evocative images. It comes from her and Thomas Tidholms ”There once was a fox who ran in the dark” (2014), a picture book in which the fox is the red torch that lights up a nordic world of dark and light, forest and sea, city and nature, the present and the past.

Kids are people and they do not live at all in any other country, which you can ignore, they live in the here and now and what happens to them affects how they will become as adults.

the whole tidskriftsnumret: an open, curious eyes that look very far. It is a stroke of genius to use the right Anna-Clara Tidholm, whose artistic barnboksgärning is not possible to overestimate. She has broadened all Swedish förskolebarns world through their books, which range from the concrete vardagsdetaljer to the greatness of the universe, and got the children to learn imagery. Tell the children that did not immediately identify a picture of Anna-Clara Tidholm, even if it is brand new.

In the Province are the forest, the forest that always has been symbolic in literature and especially in children's literature, notes literary scholar Maria Jönsson. Dangerous and intimidating, but also full of opportunities. ”The forest is simply the place where the adventure begins — where the little red riding Hood, hansel and Gretel and all the others get their assignments.”

the Forest is both the symbol and the reality, for in Mats Söderlunds short story ”the Boy Beam 1524” goes a halvsvulten young herdsman in the forest and the ramparts of the farmer's heifers. The short story in the Province connect to the last part of the Mats Söderlunds fantasytrilogi ”the Descendants” (”the Threat” and ”Fight” come 2018, ”the fly” will in 2020). The past and the future meet each other, realism and fantasy.

the Province. Bilderbokskonstnären Lena Sjöberg's poems, both concrete and existential, intermingled with Hervor Sjödin rereading of Laura Fitinghoffs classic ”the Kids from Frostmofjället”.

Filmmaker Oskar Njajta östergren participates observes how infinitely much it means to get their own reality of the whole people, an experience that also språkkonsulenten Patricia Fjellgren describes. Stories and language are the identity.

Not only when it comes to sami, of course, and not just when it comes to the province. It's all about who has power and who does not have it, regardless of whether it comes to geography, politics, ethnicity, gender or age.

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