The Saga of Gosta Berling

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The debut novel of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, "The Saga of Gösta Berling" was first published in 1891. It is the story of its titular character Gösta Berling, a deposed minister. Gösta Berling becomes one of the pensioners in the manor at Ekeby when he is saved by the Mistress of Ekeby from freezing to death. Set on the shores of Lake Fryken, Lake Löven in the story, in Värmland, a historical province in Sweden, the novel employs elements of magic realism to project an exotic image of early 19th century ...
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Overview

The debut novel of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, "The Saga of Gösta Berling" was first published in 1891. It is the story of its titular character Gösta Berling, a deposed minister. Gösta Berling becomes one of the pensioners in the manor at Ekeby when he is saved by the Mistress of Ekeby from freezing to death. Set on the shores of Lake Fryken, Lake Löven in the story, in Värmland, a historical province in Sweden, the novel employs elements of magic realism to project an exotic image of early 19th century Sweden. Described in the "Encyclopedia Americana" as a "prose epic of Swedish country life," "The Saga of Gösta Berling" remains to this day one of Lagerlöf's most popular works and an undisputed classic of Swedish romanticism.
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“Splendid . . . A fascinating peek into 19th century Sweden, and . . . a cracking good read.” —Belletrista
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420948097
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was a teacher in a girl's secondary school before she became a full-time writer. She is known the world over 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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