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|Named Person:||Ivar Lo-Johansson; Ivar Lo-Johansson|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Ivar Lo-Johansson; Rochelle Wright
|Description:||xi, 229 pages ; 24 cm.|
|Series Title:||Studies in Scandinavian literature and culture (Unnumbered)|
|Responsibility:||Ivar Lo-Johansson ; translated, and with an introduction by Rochelle Wright.|
Gardfarihandlaren (Peddling My Wares), the second of these works, draws on the author's experiences when, as a youth of nineteen, he spent a summer cycling through Sweden trying to peddle "small goods." The protagonist is fleeing the limited horizons of his impoverished childhood while at the same time trying to come to terms with who he really is. Through a series of adventures, some comical, some unsettling, he gradually learns that a romantic dream of total freedom is both impossible and foolish. Peddling My Wares is one of the most critically acclaimed of Lo-Johansson's novels. It is also among the most popular, and has been reissued many times since its first appearance in 1953.