Marco Baruzzo is an Italian student in Scandinavian Studies at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.
Thanks to a C.M. Lerici Foundation‘s scholarship, he spent one month at Svenska barnboksinstitutet in Stockholm. We asked him which are his feelings now that his Swedish journey has ended.
“Nostalgia. I’ve been back in Italy for three weeks now and I’m feeling way too nostalgic. I always find myself thinking of Stockholm and those beautiful weeks I spent there, strolling around the city’s streets, taking coffee breaks and studying at the Svenska barnboksinstitutet.
Now that I’m home, I continue to focus on my research by using all the materials I gathered during my stay in Sweden. But the truth is that I really miss the Swedish atmosphere. That feeling of freedom, that feeling of being part of a community that never judges you for the person you are, where everyone can be themselves, whether immigrant or Swedish, whether part of the lgbtq* community or not, and so on.I’m particularly interested in how the queer community is represented in Scandinavian books. Nowadays more and more authors decide to deal with and introduce sexualities other than heterosexuality to the little ones.
To me it’s extremely important that children could get in touch with all shades of gender and sexuality in order to grow up expressing themselves to the fullest!I would like to share with you some of the children’s books I have read lately: “Brorsan är kung” by Jenny Jägerfeld, “Udo och Allan” by Minna Lindberg and Linda Bondestam, “Kalle med klänning” by Anette Skåhlberg, “Vi odlar smultron” by Sarah Vegna.”
In the picture: lgbtq* books at Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm (Stockholm’s City Library).