In what way do you think that Swedish literature for children is needed in Italy?
It is really needed since Swedish literature for children often bring up difficult issues in a good way. In my opinion, in Italian books for children it is either taboo to portray difficult things, for example suicide, or it is carried out in a moralising and redundant manner. Storytelling is always from the adult’s perspective and I believe this is wrong! If the adult always is the strong one, teaching and comforting the child, children will find the story boring. In Swedish literature for children you can talk about anything, even that which is difficult, without it becoming a big deal. It can be a beautiful book, but in the background, there might be a parent who died or committed suicide. The point is that it is a good story, focusing on the main characters and the rest just follows.
L’intervista completa in inglese a cura di Ingrid Heller la trovate QUI