The Saga of Gosta Berling

The Saga of Gosta Berling

by Selma Lagerlof
     
 

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In 1909, Selma Lagerlof became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Saga of Gosta Berling is her first and best-loved novel - and the basis for the 1924 silent film of the same name that launched Greta Garbo into stardom. A defrocked minister, Gosta Berling finds a home at an ironworks estate that also houses an assortment of eccentric veterans

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In 1909, Selma Lagerlof became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Saga of Gosta Berling is her first and best-loved novel - and the basis for the 1924 silent film of the same name that launched Greta Garbo into stardom. A defrocked minister, Gosta Berling finds a home at an ironworks estate that also houses an assortment of eccentric veterans of the Napoleonic Wars. His defiant and poetic spirit proves magnetic to a string of women, who fall under his spell in this sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of the magnificent wintry beauty of rural Sweden.

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“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:
9781420948097
Publisher:
Neeland Media
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
1,044,545
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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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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