Posts Tagged ‘ilon wikland’

Ronia, the Robber’s Daugther in Sinhala

November 24, 2010

New translations of Astrid Lindgren’s books keep on being published, many years after the books were actually written. The most recent example that just arrived to our office is Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter (Ronja Rövardotter) in Sinhala (or Singhalese, as the language sometimes also is called).

Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter was first published in Sweden in 1981 and has since then been widely translated into many languages. The original edition was illustrated by Ilon Wikland, nominated to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011, and whose illustrations also grace the pages of the new Sinhala edition.

Translated by Vijitha Gunaratne and published by Godage, this will be the first time Ronia will meet the Sinhalese children. Sinhala belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages and is one of the official languages of Sri Lanka. It has it’s own beautiful writing system.

If you’re feeling inspired and would like to learn how to speak Sinhala, why not begin by visiting Let’s speak Sinhala!

At Astrid Lindgren’s home

September 30, 2010

Today, British journalist Helen Soteriou and the award office visited Astrid Lindgren’s apartment at Dalagatan 46 in Stockholm. Our host was jury member Annika Lindgren, who generously showed us around in the home where Astrid Lindgren lived from 1941 until her death in 2002.

The apartment is not generally opened to the public. However, if you are a member of the Astrid Lindgren Society, you are able to join one of their visits. Also, there is a virtual tour available on Astrid Lindgren’s official webpage, this way you can see the home without even traveling.

One thing that strikes the visitors is that Astrid Lindgren, even though she achieved enormous success during her life time, never moved to a more fancy place. It’s a humble apartment, but it’s a very homely one. Filled with books in every room! And of course, gifts from children and presidents alike, awards (Astrid Lindgren received more than 100 …), original illustrations by artists such as Ilon Wikland, Ingrid Vang Nyman and Björn Berg, and first editions of her own books in many different languages (as seen below).

In one room, with a view of the park, the typewriter on which she typed her letters and manuscripts still sits, as if Astrid Lindgren just walked out the room.