Den dag jag blir fri

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Den dag jag blir fri

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In the autumn of 1963, Katarina Taikon's debut book Gypsy was published. She was 31 years old, had recently learned to read and write and became an overnight spokesperson for the Roma struggle for equal rights in Sweden. Together with other activists and cultural figures, she fought to empty the tent camps in which the Roma lived and for their right to schooling. Her demand for inclusion provoked strong reactions, both due to pure hostility towards the Roma, but also based on the idea that the Roma neither could nor wanted to live within the framework of modern society. Katarina Taikon's life project was to challenge that view. 

Katarina Taikon (19321995) was born in a tent outside Örebro. She is best known for her autobiographical children's book series about Katitzi. The day I'm free is the first biography of her.