Sara Lidman was a Swedish writer.
Born in the village MissentrÃ¤sk in the northern parts of SkellefteÃ¥ Municipality, Lidman was raised in the VÃ¤sterbotten region of northern Sweden. She studied at the University of Uppsala where her studies were interrupted by her receiving tuberculosis. She achieved her first great success with the novel TjÃ¤rdalen. In this novel and in Hjortronlandet she depicts themes like alienation and loneliness. In this and her following three novels, she described the difficult conditions for poor farmers in the northern Swedish province VÃ¤sterbotten during the nineteenth century.
Her innovative style was influenced by dialects and biblical language.
In connection with her first four novels, she wrote a number of texts with strong political content. She engaged in protest against the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa. She also supported the miners strikes in North Sweden and was active in the Communist movement and after that in the environmentalist movement. After 1977, she wrote seven additional novels that dealt with the colonization of northern Sweden.