The Saga of Gosta Berling

The Saga of Gosta Berling

by Selma Lagerlof
     
 

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A Swedish Gone with the Wind by the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature—published here in the first new English translation in more than 100 years

One hundred years ago, Selma Lagerlöf became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She assured her place in Swedish letters with this sweeping historical epic, her

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A Swedish Gone with the Wind by the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature—published here in the first new English translation in more than 100 years

One hundred years ago, Selma Lagerlöf became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She assured her place in Swedish letters with this sweeping historical epic, her first and best-loved novel, and the basis for the 1924 silent film of the same name that launched Greta Garbo to stardom. Set in 1820s Sweden, it tells the story of a defrocked minister named Gösta Berling. After his appetite for alcohol and previous indiscretions end his career, Berling finds a home at Ekeby, an ironworks estate owned by Margareta Celsing, the “Majoress,” that also houses an assortment of eccentric veterans of the Napoleonic Wars. Berling’s defiant and poetic spirit proves magnetic to a string of women, who fall under his spell against the backdrop of political intrigue at Margareta’s estate and the magnificent wintry beauty of rural Sweden.

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From the Publisher
“At long last there is an excellent English translation of this important work by the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize for Literature.” —Swedish American Historical Quarterly

"At long last we have available to us a viable translation of one of the truly great works of Swedish literature sure to attract attention again to one of the region's most significant authors and works." —Scandinavian Studies

"Among [women novelists] of great talent or genius, none, in my opinion, is to be placed higher than Selma Lagerlof." —Marguerite Yourcenar

"Every book of this great storyteller keeps on bringing us astonishing examples of her art. . . . No one in Europe can tell tales so unforgettably." —Hermann Hesse

“Splendid . . . A fascinating peek into 19th century Sweden, and . . . a cracking good read.” —Belletrista

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143105909
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
590,705
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“Splendid . . . A fascinating peek into 19th century Sweden, and . . . a cracking good read.” —Belletrista

Meet the Author

Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was a teacher in a girl's secodary school before she became a full-time writer. She is known around the world for her classic children's book The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.

Paul Norlen was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize in 2004. He lives in Seattle.

George C. Schoolfield is professor emeritus of German and Scandinavian literature at Yale.

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