Money

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The young Swedish author Victoria Benedictsson published her first novel Pengar (Money) in 1885, under the pseudonym Ernst Ahlgren. The novel is set in rural southern Sweden where the author lived, and follows the fortunes of Selma Berg, a girl whose fate has much in common with that of Madame Bovary and Ibsen's Nora. The gifted young Selma is forced to give up her dreams of going to art school when her uncle persuades her to marry, at the age of sixteen, a rich older squire. Profoundly shocked by her wedding ...

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Overview

The young Swedish author Victoria Benedictsson published her first novel Pengar (Money) in 1885, under the pseudonym Ernst Ahlgren. The novel is set in rural southern Sweden where the author lived, and follows the fortunes of Selma Berg, a girl whose fate has much in common with that of Madame Bovary and Ibsen's Nora. The gifted young Selma is forced to give up her dreams of going to art school when her uncle persuades her to marry, at the age of sixteen, a rich older squire. Profoundly shocked by her wedding night and by the mercenary nature of the marriage transaction, she finds herself trapped in a life of idle luxury. She finds solace in her friendship with her cousin and old sparing partner Richard; but as their mutual regard threatens to blossom into passion, she draws back from committing adultery and from surrendering to the force of her own sexuality. An impassioned, intelligent, and curiously neglected work"-Kirkus Reviews"

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The first English translation of a feminist classic, originally published in 1885, and still very popular in its author's native Sweden. Benedictsson's doubtless autobiographical protagonist Selma Berg is a high-spirited, ambitious girl herded into a disastrous marriage with a wealthy older man. Though it's something less than a masterpiece, this earnest first novel explores quite convincingly Selma's transformation from a complacent trophy wife to an embryonic independent woman—when she walks decisively out of her comfortable life, in a climactic scene that consciously echoes the end of the nearly contemporary Ibsen play A Doll's House. Benedictsson published Money pseudonymously (as `Ernst Ahlgren`), and the indifferent reception it then received in all probability influenced her decision to take her own life (in 1888). It's not—as is sometimes alleged—a Swedish Madame Bovary—but it remains an impassioned, intelligent, and curiously neglected work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781870041850
  • Publisher: Norvik Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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