Life and work
Ivar Lo - Johansson came in 1901 as the son of a farm worker to the world. He left school at eleven years and worked as a farm laborer, postman or a construction worker. Self-taught, he learned several languages. Between 1919 and 1923, Lo - Johansson engaged in the youth organization of the Social Democrats.
Between 1922 and 1925 he worked for several newspapers, including the Nynäshamns tidning 1925 until he embarked on a European tour, to gain experience for his writing career. So he wrote to his literary breakthrough in 1932 with Måna är död travelogues, short stories and poetry.
1964 gave the University of Uppsala Lo - Johansson honorary doctorate.
Lo - Johansson is the leading author of the so-called farm workers school, a group of Swedish writers out of the country working-class background, the embossed over their poverty and unhappiness childhood and wrote the existential struggle of the youth. In novels, short stories and theoretical writings he describes the fate of individual as well as collective of all farm workers.
Lo - Johansson is known for his vivid descriptions of the literary circle of the 20s, 30s and 40s. He took the view that literature should always assume the perspective of the underdog
Stylistically, naturalism and documentary realism alternate.
- Vagabondliv i Frankrike (1927 )
- Kolet i Våld. Skisser från de engelska gruvarbetarnas värld (1928 )
- Ett was historier (1928 )
- Nederstigen i dödsriket. Fem veckor i fattigvärld London (1929 )
- Zigenare. En sommar på det hemlösa folkets vandringsstigar (1929 )
- Mina städers ansikten (1930 )
- Jag på tvivlar idrotten (1931; debattbok )
- Måna är död (1932 )
- Godnatt, jord (1933 ) (Engl. Good night, earth)
- Kungsgatan (1935 )
- Statarna ( del 1-2, 1936-37 )
- Jordproletärerna (1941 )
- Bara en mor (1939 )
- Traktorn (1943 )
- Geniet (1947 )
- En proletärförfattares självbiografi ( 1951-60 ) Illiterate (1951 )
- Gårdfarihandlaren (1953 ) (Engl. From farm to farm )
- Stockholmaren (1954)
- Journalists ( 1956)
- Författaren (1957)
- Socialists (1958 )
- Soldiers (1959 )
- Proletärförfattaren (1960)